Still Life with Oranges and Lemons

by Frederick Gore


DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 11.0 x 16.0 in./27.94 x 40.64 cm
SIGNATURE: Signed lower left
MEDIUM: Oil on canvas


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    Known as ‘the English fauve’, Frederick Gore was an acclaimed British painter. As can be seen in Fruit, Gore’s use of bright, almost fluorescent colour earned him this pertinent nickname. This vibrant still life depicts a bowl of citrus fruit on a scarlet surface. The newspaper next to the bowl suggests the spontaneity of the painting’s production, rather than it being set up for a study. This spontaneity is reflected in the quick brushstrokes and the thick texture of the paint, particularly at the top of the composition.

    Gore’s skills as a colourist are emphasised by his depiction of shadow. Using blue highlights, the colours are not overly blended, achieving a shadow effect without the process of mixing colours on the palette. The flatness of the fruit forms accentuate the texture of the paint. These flat forms are characteristic of Fauvism, as well as Gore’s individual style. Each colour is used to emphasise the others around it, creating a hypnotically beautiful composition.

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    Frederick Gore studied drawing and painting at the Ruskin School of Fine Art as a student at Trinity College, Oxford. He later studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, followed by his travels around Europe. It was in France that he became interested in Fauvism, adopting some techniques while remaining distinct from the movement. Between 1951 and 1979, Gore was the Head of Painting at Saint Martin’s School of Art, where his students found him particularly encouraging. Gore was made a CBE in 1987 for his contributions to art.


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