Harbour Corner, Ibiza, 1936

by Hilda Clements Hassel

DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 14.00 x 18.00 in./ 35.56 x 45.72 cm
MEDIUM: Oil on panel

Catalogue No: 4466 Categories: ,

Harbour Corner is by the female Impressionist painter Hilda Clements Hassell. The work shows a row of yachts tied to the harbour, with their masts crossing one another as the scene recedes. The hill town can be seen in the background. The artist’s exaggerated use of colour and exuberant brushstrokes give the feeling of a summer’s sunset. One can almost feel the warmth radiating out of the bold reds and oranges used to depict this scene.

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Private Collection, United Kingdom

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Biography

Hilda Clements Hassell was a talented British artist whose work was inspired by the Fauvism of her French peers. The name ‘les fauves’ literally translates as ‘the wild beasts’ and is a term that was coined by the critic Louis Vauxcelles when he saw the work of Henri Matisse and André Derain in the Salon d’Automne in Paris in 1905.

 

These works were the result of a summer spent working with the Fauves in Collioure in the South of France and were made using bold, non-naturalistic colours, where often the paintbrush was bypassed in favour of applying paint directly onto the canvas from the tube. Hassell has incorporated this loose dabbing of paint into her work, and combined with her frequent simplification of form and bright palette, the works appear somewhat abstract.

 

Although Hassell’s work is very much in line with the Fauve’s, she also followed the route of the Scottish colourists, Samuel Peploe and Francis Cadell, on their informative trip to France, Spain and Morocco. Like the Scottish artists Hassell drew from the intense light and opulent colours that she saw on her travels. This enriched her artistic output, establishing her own vibrant post-impressionist style with vivid colours, always handling impasto with strong and confident brush strokes.

 

Hassell lived in London for much of her life and it was there that she became a member of the New English Arts Club. She also exhibited at the Salon des Indépendants in Paris in 1911 and is known to have spent time in Cornwall, painting St Ives.

 

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