Alfred East (1844-1913)

Artist Name Alfred East (1844-1913)
Title Chateau de Nemours - French Landscape
Description Alfred East painted this stunning British Victorian landscape oil painting in 1883.  The location is Chateau de Nemours, a castle and town on the banks of the Loing river in Seine et Marne in the extreme south of the Paris conurbation.  In the foreground is the river Loing with lilies and swans and a boy fishing from a boat. Beyond reeds and trees is the beautiful Chateau Nemours against the sky. The reflections in the water are exquisite and one can see the influences of the Barbizon school and East's 'attitude to nature' which he considered essential to good landscape painting. A really tranquil, charming 19th century river landscape oil painting and an excellent example of Alfred East's work. 

Signed and dated lower right. Location inscribed lower left.
Provenance James Connell & Sons, Glasgow label verso. 
Medium Oil on Canvas
Size 36 x 24 inches
Frame Housed in a gilt period frame, 43 inches by 31 inches and in good condition.
Condition Good condition.
Biography East was born in Kettering in Northamptonshire and studied at the Glasgow School of Art. His romantic landscapes show the influence of the Barbizon school. In April 1888 he  shared an exhibition at the galleries of the Fine Art Society with T.C. Gotch and W. Ayerst Ingram. He was commissioned the following year by Marcus Huish, Managing Director of the Society, to spend six months in Japan to paint the landscape and the people of the country. When the exhibition of 104 paintings from this tour was held at the Fine Art Society in 1890 it was a spectacular success. East visited Spain after 1892 when he visited Algeciras at the southern end of Iberia. In 1906 he was elected President of the Royal Society of British Artists, a position he held until his death. In that year, he published his 107-page illustrated "The Art of Landscape Painting in Oil Colour"; in its preface, he made the observation: "The greatest errors in landscape painting are to be found – contradictory as it may appear – not so much in the matter of technique as in the painter's attitude toward Nature". In this book he described his techniques using colours, half-tones and pencil sketches. He was awarded a Knighthood in 1910 by King Edward VII. His portrait was painted by Philip de Laszlo. The Alfred East Art Gallery in Kettering, designed by John Alfred Gotch opened on 31 July 1913 and is Northamptonshire's oldest purpose-built art gallery. East was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy in 1899, having been a regular exhibitor since 1883 and elected to full membership in 1913. On 28 September 1913, Alfred East died at his London residence in Belsize Park. His body was taken back to Kettering and lay in state in the Art Gallery, where it was surrounded by the pictures he had presented to the town, and attracted crowds of several thousands.
Price £5800
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