Stephen Ongpin Fine Art
at the Grosvenor House Art & Antiques Fair
Stephen Ongpin Fine Art is pleased to announce its inaugural participation in the 75th Grosvenor House Art & Antiques Fair, to be held from the 11th to the 17th of June. The gallery, which specializes in European master drawings and oil sketches from the 16th through the 20th centuries, will be exhibiting a selection of 19th and 20th century drawings at the fair.
Among an impressive group of early 19th century drawings are works by François-Marius Granet, Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot and Jean-François Millet, as well as bold and freely executed drawing of Galloping Horses by Théodore Géricault; one of the largest drawings ever produced by the artist. Also to be exhibited is a rare illustrated letter by Edouard Manet, addressed to a friend and patron and decorated with a charming watercolour study of plums and cherries. Only a handful of these letters are known, and one recent scholar has noted of them that ‘the light, fluid medium of watercolor provides a degree of transcendence that goes even beyond what Manet achieved in the oils…Individually and as a group, these letters constitute some of the most lyrical pages of nineteenth-century artistic sensibility.’ A large watercolour landscape by Giovanni Boldini will be shown, as well as a drawing of a model resting in the studio by Edouard Vuillard, alongside an oil sketch by his fellow Nabis artist, Maurice Denis. A elongated drawing by Raoul Dufy is a view of a regatta on the bay of Sainte-Adresse, near Le Havre, Other significant works to be shown include a superb pastel study of sea, sky and clouds by Eugène Boudin, which will be hung with a remarkably fresh and vibrant study of a seated young woman by James Tissot, dating from the artist’s years in England in the early 1870’s, as well as a superb pastel view of Waterloo Bridge by Claude Monet and a large still life by Gustave Loiseau.
Among the 20th century drawings to be shown is a superb chalk drawing by Egon Schiele of his four-year old nephew, drawn in 1918 shortly before the artist’s death, which has never before been exhibited, and a landscape by Maximilien Luce. A large Cubist portrait in watercolour by Georges Valmier dates from the artist’s military service during the First World War, and is one of a very few works on paper by the artist from this early period, while also to be exhibited is an abstract drawing of c.1925 by Frantisek Kupka, a sensual nude by Henri Lebasque and a portrait by Pavel Tchelitchew. British drawings of the period include a charming study of a playful dog by Wyndham Lewis, a superb illustration drawing by Edmund Dulac, a portrait study of a young art student by John Minton and a view of St. Ives by the landscapist S.R. Badmin. Among significant drawings of the postwar period by British artists are a study of walking figures by L. S. Lowry – one of only a dozen watercolours by the artist, and done when he borrowed a set of watercolour paints from a friend’s daughter, to whom he later gave the drawing – and two portrait drawings by David Hockney (one a pen drawing of the dancer Wayne Sleep and the other a pastel portrait of the young Japanese artist Shinro Ohtake), as well as a striking abstract watercolour by Sean Scully and striking charcoal study of a reclining woman, drawn in 1989 by Lucian Freud.