Dorothea Sharp established her reputation as a significant figure in 20th Century British painting. Her work is characterised by her ability to capture the clarity of light, her bright use of colour and the spontaneity of her brushwork. Sharp believed colour to be as important as form in the creation of a work and painted quickly with a heavily loaded brush. These ideas and techniques were learnt in Paris where she became influenced by the Impressionists, particularly by Monet. T
The bright light in this charming painting further reflects her Impressionist teachings. Her pictures have a fresh colour palette, sense of movement and warmth that fit perfectly with her subjects. In the same way, her mastery of the impressionistic style imbues her canvases with an almost dream-like sentimentality.
Harold Sawkins, editor of The Artist Journal, claimed in 1935 that Dorothea sharp was ‘one of England’s greatest living woman painters’. He declared that: “No other woman artist gives us such joyful paintings as she. Full of sunshine and luscious colour, her work is always lively, harmonious and tremendously exhilarating … her subjects appeal because they are based on the joy of life … the chief attractions of Miss Sharp’s delightful pictures are her happy choice of subjects, and her beautiful colour schemes’’
DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 30 x 36 ins
SIGNATURE: Signed and inscribed verso
MEDIUM: Oil on canvas