William Kiddier (1856-1934)

Artist Name William Kiddier (1856-1934)
Title Evening
Description This atmospheric British Romantic Expressionist nocturne oil painting is by Nottingham based artist William Kiddier. Painted circa 1928 and exhibited at The Walker Art Gallery Liverpool in 1929 it is an impressive large nocturne oil painting of a dramatic evening sky just as the sun sets. There are strong vertical lines of the trees in the foreground against the horizontal lines of the skyline, distant trees, water reflecting the yellow light and darker band of foreground. Sounds simple but the effect is staggeringly beautiful. Kiddier has also used an amazing palette of yellows and shades of purply black with heavy impasto and really bold confident brush work. A really superb British Expressionist oil painting with incredible vibrancy and finished off in beautifully crafted Aitken Dott ornate gilt frame whose shapes mirror the brush strokes. 

Signed front, also signed and inscribed with title verso.
Provenance Edinburgh, Aitken Dott & Son  - labels verso
Liverpool Walker Art Gallery 1929 - label verso.
Medium Oil on Canvas
Size 38 x 33 inches
Frame Housed In an Aitken Dott ornate gilt frame, 46 inches by 41 inches framed and in good condition.
Condition Good condition.
Biography William Kiddier (1859-1934). Painter and etcher, born in Loughborough but lived most of his life in Nottingham. A brush maker by trade, inheriting his father's business. He travelled in Russia and Poland during his early twenties. Kiddier was busy with artistic matters in his spare time. In 1897 he had a major role in establishing the Nottingham Atelier, founded with the purpose of providing local artists with the opportunity of painting from the nude. He chaired the first meeting of this 'Proposed artists' life class' in 1897. In old age, Kiddier found his paintings were receiving wider recognition. Exhibitions were held in Nottingham and Glasgow and a one-man exhibition at the Ferens Art Gallery in Hull, spring 1932. The 'Nottingham Journal' remarked that 'the distinguished colourist is much admired in Hull'. All the pictures shown were from the output of the previous dozen years. Kiddier was fascinated by dramatic night skies with strong vertical lines against a simple but colourful and dramatic sky.  
Price £18000
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