Dorothea Sharp, RBA, ROI (British, 1874-1955) Cornfield in Summertime
Lot 95AR W
Dorothea Sharp, RBA, ROI
(British, 1874-1955)
Cornfield in Summertime
Sold for £37,500 (US$ 50,658) inc. premium

Lot Details
Dorothea Sharp, RBA, ROI (British, 1874-1955)
Cornfield in Summertime
signed 'DOROTHEA SHARP.' (lower right)
oil on canvas
76 x 91.5cm (29 15/16 x 36in).

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    with The Priory Gallery, Broadway
    Private collection, UK

    Literature
    Helen Entwistle, Dorothea Sharp: Rock Pools & Sunshine, York, 2008, p.78, illustrated in colour

    Cornfield in Summertime is a wonderful example of Dorothea Sharp's unmistakably joyous style. Her light-filled and carefree approach that makes her such a firm favourite amongst collectors is on full display. The golden browns and yellows of the cornfield are beautifully balanced by the light blue of the sky. To enliven the surface Sharp has applied the paint in the sky in broad strokes, all travelling in a diagonal direction, opposite to that of the cornfield. As you would expect there is a real sense of the warm afternoon sun with the elegant white parasol providing the only shade. The use of a parasol as a pictorial device in this way was made popular by the Impressionists, and Sharp often includes them, particularly in her beach scenes.

    The idyllic scene is typical of Sharp's compositions where there is often a very young child in the care of an elder sibling or nanny figure. This only adds to their charm whilst also reinforcing the strong message of family that runs through all her work. It also supports the view of the world her paintings display, that of a happy and secure land. Her strong moral upbringing in the Baptist Church and a settled family life must have laid the foundations for this view of the world. Her upbringing also prepared her for the battle that being a female artist in the early 20th century undoubtedly was. Perhaps the fact she was a female artist allowed her to make brave decisions that male artists weren't prepared or inclined to take. The decision to take childhood as a subject in such a committed and dedicated fashion was groundbreaking in its own way. The present lot is a wonderful example of Dorothea Sharp's artistic legacy, a happy and safe childhood taking place against the backdrop of a sunny and contented England, all depicted in assured yet sensitive colour.
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