The following ten lots are from an Important Private Collection, London
George Leslie Hunter (British, 1877-1931)
Apples, Pears and Roses signed 'L.Hunter' (upper left) oil on board 40.5 x 35.5 cm. (16 x 14 in.)
PROVENANCE: With The Fine Art Society, London, November 1966
EXHIBITED: Loaned to London, The Fine Art Society, Three Scottish Colourists, February-April 1977, cat. no. 93 Loaned to London, The Fine Art Society, The Scottish Colourists, 19 June-21 July 2000, cat. no. 20
This mid-1920s still life displays many of Leslie Hunter's hallmarks. Like Peploe, he was an inveterate 'still life' painter with a set of favourite studio props. However, his approach was much more spontaneous, and the brushwork more expressive and intuitive. Here, one sees the balance between 'naturalism', in the careful way he has depicted the fruit, and the more loose and deft depiction of the roses and patterned fabric. Unlike Peploe, Hunter typically leaves areas of unprimed board showing between passages of pigment and impasto, creating an expressive and varied surface.