Summer Flowers

by Dorothea Sharp

£22,500 £19,125

Dorothea Sharp’s works celebrate sensory experiences such the delight of a bounteous bouquet and this charming picture.

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) 19.5 x 15.4 in./49.5 x 39 cm
SIGNATURE: Signed lower left
MEDIUM: Oil on board

Catalogue No: 6031 Categories: , ,

Dorothea Sharp established her reputation as a significant figure in 20th Century British painting for her accomplished floral pictures. 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. These ideas are perfectly executed in Summer Flowers with Sharp’s thick application of paint and use of bright colour palette.

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Dorothea Sharp was born in Dartford in England. She studied at Regent Street Polytechnic school in London under Sir David Murray and en plein air painter George Clausen, before going on to study in Paris where she was influenced by the work of the French impressionists and discovered the work of Monet. The latter greatly influenced her handling of subjects and colour in impressionist fashion such as her handling of light. Upon her return to London, she became actively involved in the Society of Women Artists in London, exhibiting with them from 1902 on, and at one point became the group’s vice-president.

Sharp became strongly associated with St Ives in the 1920s, visiting in the summers and immersing herself in the subject matter she became renowned for, joyful images of children, often at the beach. She took one of the Porthmeor studios which she retained over many years and later moved to. Her training and practice as a plein air painter and her absorption of the impressionists’ use of colour and light brought freshness and spontaneity to her images of children. In 1928 Sharp was elected an honorary member of the St Ives Society of Artists, and in the late 1930s she settled in the colony for several years. Deeply immersed in artistic life there, she showed with such well-known artists as Laura Knight, Alfred Munnings and Stanhope Forbes. For several years she managed Lanham Galleries in St Ives, which showcased the work of Newlyn and St Ives School painters. In the mid-1940s Sharp returned permanently to her Blomfield Road studio in London, where she remained until her death in 1955.

Sharp exhibited widely during her lifetime from the Royal Academy through to the Royal Society of British Artists to which she was elected in 1907.

Her works can be found in museums across the UK such as the Russell Coates Museum in Bournemouth, The National Museum Wales in Cardiff, and the Manchester Art Gallery.

If the artwork is up to £25,00 in value, and the artist is still alive, Trinity House can arrange a 0% interest loan through the Own Art scheme. Own Art is a Creative United initiative supported by Arts Council England, Creative Scotland and Arts Council of Northern Ireland. Some other restrictions apply see…

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