Pont Mirabeau, Paris

by Sir Herbert James Gunn


DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 3.5 x 4.7 in. / 9 x 12 cm
SIGNATURE: Signed ‘Herbert Gunn’ and dated (lower centre)
MEDIUM: Oil on board

In this striking view of Pont Mirabeau in Paris, the physical location plays second fiddle to the technical structure of the composition, with only a brief visual reference to Le Trocadero on the horizon.

We have to remember that although we are now quite used to seeing pictorial arrangements like this in the 21st Century, when this oil on board was executed in 1913, his work was incredibly avant-garde, challenging much of the sentimental landscapes that were still being reproduced by the bulk of commercial Edwardian artists in Britain.


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    Herbert James Gunn was born in Glasgow, 30th June 1893. He studied at the renowned Glasgow School of Art and subsequently at the Edinburgh College of Art. Gunn was to develop a style very much his own, an ‘international’ modern style imbued with influences from French Impressionism, modern British painting and his Scottish heritage.

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    Sir Herbert James Gunn was born in Glasgow and studied at the Glasgow School of Art and later at the Edinburgh College of Art. Like many of his contemporaries Gunn went on to study at the Académie Julian in Paris in 1911. He remained in France until 1914 but the influence of his time there had a long lasting influence on his art. After serving with the 10th Scottish Rifles in the First World War, he returned to Scotland and established himself as a respected portrait painter, commissions including painting Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. In 1961 he was elected a member of the Royal Academy.

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