The following ten lots are from an Important Private Collection, London
George Leslie Hunter (British, 1877-1931)
Still Life signed 'L.Hunter' (upper left) oil on board 53.3 x 43.2 cm. (21 x 17 in.)
EXHIBITED: Edinburgh, The Fine Art Society, 100 years of Scottish Painting, September 1969, no. 62 Loaned to London, The Fine Art Society, The Scottish Colourists, 19 June-21 July 2000, cat. no. 19
Although Hunter and Peploe both used favoured studio props in their still life oils, their approaches and techniques were markedly different. Hunter was essentially intuitive, broadly mapping a group onto unprimed board in ink or pencil, then applying pigment and often leaving much of the surface showing. This careful arrangement dates from the later 1920's and reveals Hunter's delight in colour, harmony and texture. The pale blue/green door was often used as a backdrop, as was the blue drape, while the vase, book and single rose are classic motifs. The curve of mahogany table features in a number of oils of the period and adds to the geometry, helping create an illusion of depth in a consciously flattened design.