Lionel Ellis (1903-1988)
|Artist Name||Lionel Ellis (1903-1988)|
|Title||Portrait of Two Seated Nude Women|
|Description||This lovely British Modernist portrait oil painting is by noted artist Lionel Ellis. The painting comes from a collection of works by the artist, previously owned by his wife. Painted circa 1930, the composition is two seated nude women in a landscape with trees and buildings beyond. The form and colouring imply hints of European avante garde. It is very interesting Post Picassoesque Blue Period portrait and an excellent example of the artist's work.
Signed lower right.
|Provenance||The estate of Barbara Shaw, the artist's wife.|
|Medium||Oil on Canvas|
|Size||18 x 24 inches|
|Frame||Housed in an fine gilt frame, 31 inches by 25 inches framed and in good condition.|
|Biography||Lionel Ellis ARCA (1903-1988) was an important twentieth-century painter, illustrator, engraver and teacher who specialised in portraits, as well as equestrian and floral subjects. He studied at the Plymouth school of Art 1918-22 and Royal College of Art 1922-25 and won a travelling scholarship in 1925 travelling to Colarossi's, Paris, Florence and Rome. He taught at Wimbledon School of Art between 1937 and 1968 and lived in Headley, Surrey. His partner was fellow artist Barbara Shaw. His work is held at the V&A Museum, the British Museum and provincial museums. He exhibited 1927-33. New English Art Club 3, Redfern Gallery 45.|