Robert Polhill Bevan (British, 1865-1925) A Polish Tavern 38 x 55 cm. (15 x 21 5/8 in.)

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Lot 12
Robert Polhill Bevan
(British, 1865-1925)
A Polish Tavern 38 x 55 cm. (15 x 21 5/8 in.)

Sold for £ 13,560 (US$ 18,090) inc. premium
Robert Polhill Bevan (British, 1865-1925)
A Polish Tavern
bears three studio stamps (verso and on the stretcher)
oil on canvas
38 x 55 cm. (15 x 21 5/8 in.)

Footnotes

  • Exhibited:
    London, d'Offay Couper Gallery, Robert Bevan, Early Paintings 1895-1908, 22 April - 16 May 1969


    Bevan formed the habit of spending each summer working in the countryside and until 1904, when Bevan’s parents-in-law died and their house was sold, summers were spent staying with them at Szeliwy, near Lowicz, south west of Warsaw, in central Poland. Lot 12 is one of a number of oil sketches made there out of doors, characterised by bright yellow, pink, red, mauve, blue and green, applied in vigorous, directional brushstrokes. A very small first oil sketch of The Polish Tavern dates from about 1901. The present lot is the second of two larger versions of the subject, of exactly the same size, the other being in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. The inscription ‘neuf heures’ on a preparatory drawing for this composition (also in the Fitzwilliam) indicates the time of day shown, and in each of the two versions the shadows cast are almost the same, although the Fitzwilliam picture is cooler in colour, with the pinks, blues and mauves predominating. All three oils were shown in d’Offay’s 1969 exhibition, Robert Bevan, Early Paintings 1895-1908. Another picture of Stanislawa’s ’s home village, Polish Landscape (Leicester Museums) is of the same dimensions and style and depicts a similar building in intensely bright light.

    We are grateful to Frances Stenlake for compiling this catalogue entry.
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