by Charles Sims


DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 29 x 36 inches (73.7 x 91.4 cm)
SIGNATURE: Signed (lower right)
MEDIUM: Oil on canvas

This beautiful painting sees Charles Sims demonstrating his incredible talent, depicting two young children frolicking on the beach. He was a highly regarded artist having won the Royal Academy Schools Silver Medal in 1893 and the Landseer Scholarship in 1895.


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    Charles Sims was a British painter whose subjects focused on portraiture, landscapes and decorative paintings. Here Sims has depicted a brother and sister play-fighting at the beach, with the sea right at their feet.

    Sims was born in 1873 in London and enrolled at the South Kensington College of Art in 1890, and soon after moved to Paris for two years to study at the Academie Julian. Additonally, Sims was enrolled at the Royal Academy School in 1898. However, he was expelled from the Academy in 1895.

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    Regardless of his being expelled from the Academy Sims built a successful career, even exhibiting in the Royal Academy in 1896. Additionally, in 1910 Sims was elected a fellow of the Royal Watercolour Society and a member of the Royal Academy in 1915.


    Sims became renowned for his ability to depict sunlit landscapes and his neo-classical fantasies which idealised scenes of women, children and fairies within a natural setting. However, his style changed dramatically after The First World War, which was greatly traumatic for Sims as he lost his eldest son. His Post-war work began to develop religious motifs and Sims began to withdraw from his artistic circle, rejecting the position as the Keepership of the Royal Academy in 1920 to move to the United States.


    In the final years of his life Sims suffered from hallucinations, paranoia and insomnia, caused by the horrific scenes he had witnessed as an official war artist and the loss of his son. Sims committed suicide in 1928, drowning himself in the River Tweed near his home in St. Boswells, Scotland.


    A Times review compared Sim’s later work to El Greco, ‘using his expedient of torn atmospheric forms for emotional purposes.’

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