4th Jul, 2023 12:00

Modern British & Irish Art

Lot 9 §


oil on board
36 x 60 cm. (14 x 23 3/4 in.)

With The New Art Centre, London, 10 June 1981, where purchased by the family of the present owner

Mary Potter is often remembered for depicting the scenes she saw from her window, from The Window, Chiswick, 1929, to Chiswick Mall, painted in the 1930s. In using a soft and inviting pallet, Potter’s work welcomes observers into the warmth of her own familiar settings. She often painted views from her Chiswick home. It is through the lens of familiarity that we experience her works, more often than not from a perspective where we are an observer looking onto something.

In this case, Bandstand, combines many elements of the artist’s oeuvre, from the interior perspectives looking out, to her rendering of costal scenes, using heavy paint, and soft tones, Potter captures elements of abstract amongst landscape in this work.

This was consistent throughout her career as an artist, in later life, it was costal scenes from Aldeburgh Suffolk, where she lived for many years, that dominated the subject-matter and in the same way to those painted in London, capturing the artist’s tenderness towards the place in which she resided.

As an artist, Potter, spent much time among various artistic circles, in London, she was a brief member of the Seven and Five Society, exhibited with The New English Art Club, known as the NEAC. It was during the 1930s that Potter had a variety of solo-exhibitions from the Leicester Galleries, Redfern Gallery and the New Art Centre. In 1964, a traveling retrospective of her work at Whitechapel Art Gallery, Mary Potter Paintings 1938-1964, documented a combination of the artists paintings.

Sold for £24,375

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