4th Oct, 2022 10:00

Modern and Contemporary Art

Lot 247


Frederick Gore RA (1913-2009)

Frederick Gore RA (1913-2009)
View from the terrace - Fornalutx, Majorca
oil on canvas
82 x 102cm

Son of the artist Spencer Gore (1878–1914), Frederick never knew him as sadly he died only a few months after his birth. Spencer, was the first president of the Camden Town Group and best known for his landscapes and interiors with their influence from French Post-Impressionism. Frederick shared his father’s passion for this period and it can be seen in his expression of colour and light in his Mediterranean views, particularly those painted in Majorca.

Frederick Gore visited the Spanish island regularly during the 1970s, and for several summers he rented a house at Fornalutx. On the extreme left of this painting we see a little of the house as the remaining buildings and landscape are his viewpoint from the terrace. We see blazes of colours from the purples, blues and greens of the mountains, through to the orange and green fields and the red and yellow buildings. There is a very strong compositional foundation, which helps the eye dart about though the glowing colours. This is a really captivating work due to its large scale and vivid palette and the lot is enhanced by a lovely note written to the present owner by the artist in 1989 where he describes in detail the exact location depicted.

'How nice to hear about a painting of some years ago – nineteen seventies, I suppose. Yes Majorca, painted from a house quite a long way up the Callé del Monté which leads straight up from the little main square at Fornalutx - 6 kilometres up towards the mountain (Puig Major) from Soller. The two peaks are Lóffra above Biniaraix the village closer to Soller in the same valley as Fornalutx. There is a plateau with a bit of cultivation, a hunting lodge and usually a bull and some sheep up there, behind the peaks, and an interesting walk to Soller along the heights seen on R. The house at Fornalutx belongs to a John Polimeni - Londoner of Sicilian extraction & I rented the house during several summers. Very good views on every side. Painted from the terrace above the house. A bit of the house shows on the extreme left….'

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Modern British Art and Prints

A selection of Modern British Art and Prints, featured in our 4 October Modern and Contemporary Art sale

Sold for £11,000

Condition Report

In good condition, under uv light no obvious signs of restoration or retouching.



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Auction: Modern and Contemporary Art, 4th Oct, 2022



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