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Leslie Hunter

(1877 -  1931 ) Wikipedia® : Leslie Hunter
HUNTER Leslie Still Life With Fruit,anemones Andbottle

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Variants on Artist's name :

Hunter George Leslie

 

Artworks in Arcadja
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Leslie Hunter - Still Life With Fruit,anemones Andbottle

Leslie Hunter - Still Life With Fruit,anemones Andbottle

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George Leslie Hunter STILL LIFE WITH FRUIT,ANEMONES ANDBOTTLE signed l.r.: L. Hunter oil on canvas 45.5 by 55.5cm., 18 by 22in. W.B. Simpson, Glasgow, where purchased by Major Ion R. Harrison and thence by descent Exhibited Glasgow, Mc Lellan Galleries, The Thistle Foundation, Pictures from a Private Collection, 1951, no.53; Edinburgh and London, The Fine Art Society, Three Scottish Colourists, 1977, no.86
Leslie Hunter - The Harbour At Lower Largo

Leslie Hunter - The Harbour At Lower Largo

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George Leslie Hunter (1877-1931) The Harbour at Lower Largo signed 'G. Hunter' (lower right) oil on panel 8¼ x 11 in. (21 x 27.9 cm.) Painted in 1925. \‘His palette is very personal. He possesses the art of binding fundamental tone with light ones, notably yellows, prudently chosen and here and there pushed to a height almost harsh. It is a feature which deeply impressed the great number of artists…\’ (André Salmon) The Harbour at Lower Largo, 1925, displays the rhythmic, flurried brushstrokes of vibrantly coloured impasto, which defined Hunter\’s works of the 1920s. During this period Hunter travelled to the South of France, later settling at Saint-Paul-de-Vence, with a studio overlooking the Provençal landscape, a picturesque setting with its floral valleys and scented fields. Hunter recorded, 'I like this country very much … I have been in St Paul a week and have just got into a new little studio … where I can paint still life as well as landscape. Still life that is different from in Glasgow. Fruit is just coming on and flowers are abundant. This is a painter\’s country' (G.L. Hunter, quoted in B. Smith & J. Marriner, Hunter Revisited – The Life and Art of Leslie Hunter, Edinburgh, 2012, p. 131). It was a particularly active period of intense experimentation where his work became revitalised by his Mediterranean surroundings. This inspiration is evident in The Harbour at Lower Largo with its luminous tones of cool blues and jewelled greens of the sea and sky, juxtaposed with touches of warm oranges and reds, which is reflective of his sun-drenched surrounds. This particular interest in colour was noted by critics of the day who stated, \‘Mr Hunter\’s strongest point is his colour, which is gay and attractive attaining a luscious brilliancy…he is one of those artists in whom style and spontaneity play a large part\’ (quoted in T. J. Honeyman, Three Scottish Colourists, London, 1950, p. 108). This was supported by Hunter, who wrote in his notebook, 'everyone must choose his own way, and mine will be the way of colour' (G.L Hunter, quoted in ibid., p. 103). Hunter\’s early work had looked towards the Dutch Masters for inspiration but these rather tentative explorations were superseded by the colour and vitality of the Fauves and particularly Henri Matisse. Hunter recognised that these artists were not merely reproducing what they saw before them but were expressing their emotional response to their chosen subject through colour. The work of Matisse gave him the language to express himself, however, the narratives that Hunter subsequently constructed were unmistakably his own. Indeed when Hunter exhibited in New York in 1929, the critic for the New York Evening Post commented that \‘it would be difficult not to think of Matisse at first viewing the exhibition. Yet after looking at it longer one sees that there has been an influence of Matisse, but that here is a new individual palette and personality\’.
Leslie Hunter - Fife Landscape

Leslie Hunter - Fife Landscape

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Lot 9 Details GEORGE LESLIE HUNTER (SCOTTISH 1879 - 1931), FIFE LANDSCAPE pen on paper 11.5cm x 19cm Mounted, framed and under glass Label verso: St Andrew's Fine Art, 84a Market Street, Scotland. With title, dated May 1980 and cat. no. 1980. Provenance: Dr TJ Honeyman, St Andrew's Fine Art Exhibition.
Leslie Hunter - Wooded Landscape With Figures

Leslie Hunter - Wooded Landscape With Figures

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Lot number: 1541
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Lot 1541 Details GEORGE LESLIE HUNTER (SCOTTISH 1879 - 1931), WOODED LANDSCAPE WITH FIGURES pen on paper 11cm x 14cm Mounted, framed and under glass Label verso: St Andrew's Fine Art, St Andrew's, Scotland. Exhibited at 10th Annual Exhibition, June 1986 Provenance: Dr. T J Honeyman. From the artist's sketchbooks. Christie's & Edminston's Sale 10/4/80.
Leslie Hunter - Ceres, Fife

Leslie Hunter - Ceres, Fife

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Lot number: 36
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George Leslie Hunter

CERES, FIFE

1877-1931

signed l.l.: L. Hunter oil on canvas 56 by 68.5cm., 22 by 27in.

Provenance

Aitken Dott & Son, Edinburgh; Duncan R. Miller Fine Arts, London, where purchased by the present owner

Exhibited

London, Duncan R. Miller, George Leslie Hunter 1877-1931, 2000, no.22

Catalogue Note

The landscape and farm-buildings around the pretty village of Ceres in Fife was one of Hunter's favourite and most enduring subjects. He painted in Fife on the east coast of Scotland between 1919 and 1926. Fife was a particularly important source of inspiration and features strongly in his development. Hunter's emotional attachment to the area is best summed up in his own words:\`\`\`\`\`\`\`\`The "valley" was very fine at night. When the sun was down one felt the elegiac spirit of Corot in the willows and that of quality men Poussin and Claude in the classical sweep of the hills. I was the sole spectator often in the twilight fragments that haunt - nature seen to unfold her rarest aspect - while Ceres slept.' (Jill Mackenzie, The Challenge of Colour - George Leslie Hunter 1877-1931, unpublished biography; Letter from Hunter to his friend Matthew Justice, undated). Hunter arrived in Fife in search of a fresh new painting ground. Early on in his career he moved through a period of using distinct areas of bright colour set against each other to create a sense of line and form. The present lot has all the hallmarks of Hunter's exploration of the use of line during 1923 and 1924. The ultimate goal for any of his paintings was that it should embody the very essence of nature. This premise was based on Cézanne's deeply considered and revolutionary approach to art, allied to Hunter's absorption and working through how to 'realise' this difficult concept on canvas. Hunter\’\’\’\’\’\’\’\’s painting technique in Fife has been described as, \‘colour has totally taken over in a riot of rhythmic brushwork.\’\’\’\’\’\’\’\’ (London, Duncan Miller, George Leslie Hunter 1877-1931, not dated or paginated)
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