Fruit And Flowers. Hall Thorpe, 1874–1947 Aust./Brit.
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Fruit And Flowers

c1925. Colour woodcut, signed in pencil on image lower right, 41 x 26.7cm. Slight foxing.

Ref: Holden #14. This image is one of Thorpe’s rarer works, possibly due to a small edition.

Wood engraver and painter John Hall Thorpe, known as Hall Thorpe, was an Australian artist who “achieved considerable success in England with his decorative prints of flowers, fruit and landscapes.” Reviews of his work include “They are intimate pictures. They sing out from a white wall, recalling a walk through a garden or a day with Nature’ and ‘His work is consistent in its dignity, its strength, and its happy related colour...He is never abstruse nor exaggerated, but he emphasises the grace of forms and the joyousness of pure fresh colour.’’’

Born in Sandridge, Victoria, Thorpe began his career working as an apprentice with The Sydney Mail while studying at the Sydney Art Society from 1886 to 1901. He was a founding member of the NSW Society of Artists. Thorpe moved to London in 1902 and attended Heatherley’s and St Martin’s School of Art. He exhibited with the Royal Society of British Artists, Royal Academy and the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool. An exhibition of his colour woodcuts was shown at Heals, London in 1918. He was a member of the Art Workers’ Guild from 1922 to 1927 and of the Langham Sketch Club. Thorpe’s work is held in the V&A (including this image), the British Museum, the Art Gallery of NSW, the National Gallery of Art and the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery. Ref: Wiki.

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Item #CL202-36

Price (AUD): $2,950.00  other currencies

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