Philip Wilson Steer (1860-1942)
|Philip Wilson Steer (1860-1942)
|Daughter Reading to Mother in a Sunny Interior
|This most charming oil painting is attributed to the circle of noted British Impressionist artist Philip Wilson Steer. Painted circa 1900 this lovely Edwardian Impressionist painting has beautiful and masterly use of light and colour. Two women sit closely by a window, possibly mother and daughter. The younger woman has a book on her lap and may be reading to her mother. The light from the window illuminates her face and white dress and also catches the vase of flowers on the table. This loving role reversal of reading to an aging parent is something that will be familiar to many and is beautifully depicted. The internal story and the world outside add to vibrancy of the painting.
|Oil on Canvas
|34 x 29 inches
|Housed in a James Bourlet gallery frame, 44 inches by 39 inches and in good condition.
|Philip Wilson Steer (1860-1942) was born at Birkenhead on 28 December 1860, the son of Philip Steer, a painter of portraits and teacher of painting.
The Steer family moved to Apsley House, Whitchurch, Monmouth, when Wilson Steer was three and he lived there for seventeen years attending the Hereford Cathedral School and, when he was about eighteen, studying drawing and painting under John Kemp at the school of art at Gloucester. He failed to enter the Academy Schools and went to Paris in 1882, studying first at Julian’s under Bougurean and later, in 1883, at the Beaux Arts under Cabanel.
He exhibited only two works at the academy: Fantaisie, the head of an Italian girl, and Discovery, a painting of a woman with a mask, which the artist laterdestroyed.
The grafting of French Impressionism on English stock has, perhaps, been Wilson Steer’s chief contribution to art in painting from Wilson, Gainsborough, Turner and Constable has been worthily continued to our own days; and it is interesting that the real impetus towards this only came to him later than his residences in Paris in 1882-83, through the exhibition at Dowdeswells of the works of Monet, Pissarro and Renoir. As a result of the French training of British artists, Scottish and English, in 1886 The New English Art Club, of which Steer had been for more than 30 years a corner stone, was inaugurated, Steer contributing one oil painting, Andante.