David Forrester Wilson (1873-1950)

Artist Name David Forrester Wilson (1873-1950)
Title Gathering Faggots - The Last Load
Description An original oil on canvas by Scottish artist David Forrester Wilson RSA. It depicts a woman gathering faggots in a wooded landscape. This painting is typical Scottish Impressionist work with vibrant brushwork and a great example of an early twentieth century Scottish oil. It was painted circa 1920 and is in untouched condition in its original frame and behind glass.

An exhibited work, it has various labels verso. Interestingly, the American artist Andy Warhol used to own a large painting by Forrester Wilson which was sold at over £100k in his probate sale. Tthere is also a larger work which is very similar to this which is currently on display at Kelvingrove Gallery in Glasgow.
Signed right.
Provenance Exhibited Royal Scottish Academy, 1023 no. 186 entitle The Last Load.
Medium Oil on Canvas
Size 32 x 16 inches
Frame Housed in an original Scottish frame behind glass, 37 inches by 22 inches good condition.
Condition Excellent condition
Biography David Forrester Wilson  (1873-1954) was the son of a lithographer. He was born in Glasgow and educated at a private seminary before moving to Gorbals Public School. He went on to study at the Glasgow School of Art from 1892-3 and 1899-1906 under leading Belgian symbolist painter, Jean Delville, rising to become Head of Drawing and Painting in 1932, a post which he held until 1938 prior to his death in 1950. His works appear in some of the most prestigious collections around the world. Andy Warhol owned several of Wilson’s works, with ‘The Wind’ supposedly one of his favourite paintings. ‘The Wind’ would go on to fetch a sum of $110,000 -10 times its presale estimate of $10,000 - when it was auctioned off along with a number of Warhol ‘treasures’ in a landmark sale of his estate at Sotheby’s back in May of 1988 just over a year after the Pop Art pioneer passed away. He exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy throughout his life Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum is also home to Wilson’s ‘Faggots’, a work the Glasgow Corporation purchased for the sum £150 in 1915, the equivalent of around £17,000 in today’s money. Elected ARSA 1922, RSA 1932. Frequent exhibitor at RSA.
Price £6800
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