Harry Morley (1881-1942)
|Harry Morley (1881-1942)
|The Night Passeth the Day Cometh
|This superb British exhibited Post Impressionist oil painting is by much sought after noted artist Harry Morley. It was painted in 1921 and exhibited that year at the Royal Academy London, entitled The Night Passeth and the Day Cometh. The composition is a beautiful unclothed woman and three young children floating on clouds in the sky. Lower left two children are still sleeping on a cloud as the woman, laying so as to split the painting in half diagonally, pulls back the sheet from her head. Another child sits awake, to her right and in the lighter part of the painting suggesting dawn is breaking behind him. This is a really intriguing painting with great vivid colours and dramatic shoadowing and is an excellent example of Morley's work.
Signed lower left and inscribed verso.
|Exhibited at the Royal Academy 1921 no. 42 entitled The Night Passeth the Day Cometh.
By descdent to the artist's daughter.
Remnant of James Bourlet label verso.
|Oil on Canvas
|24 x 20 inches
|Housed in a complementary frame, 32 inches by 28 inches and good condition.
|Harry Morley (1881-1943) - painter of figures and landscapes in tempera, oils and watercolours; etcher and illustrator. He studied architecture at the RCA, winning a travel scholarship to Italy where he decided to take up painting. In 1908 he attended the Academie Julian, Paris, and then settled in London. He returned to Italy in 1911 and 1912, producing pictures for Methuen and Co. to illustrate E.V. Lucas' Florence and Venice, and again every Spring between 1925 and 1929, during which period he produced illustrations for Edward Hutton's Cities of Sicily and Rome, (also Methuen and Co.) He exhibited mainly at the RA, RWS, RE, RBA and at the Beaux Arts Gallery. He was elected RBA in 1924, RE and RWS in 1931, ARA and RP in 1936 and VPRWS 1937-41. His work is represented in public collections including the Tate. He taught at St Martin's School of Art and in 1940 was an Official War Artist.