Sir Alfred James Munnings P.R.A., R.W.S. (British, 1878-1959) Ponies and Gorse 37.5 x 45.7 cm. (14 3/4 x 18 in.)

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Lot 11*
Sir Alfred James Munnings P.R.A., R.W.S.
(British, 1878-1959)
Ponies and Gorse 37.5 x 45.7 cm. (14 3/4 x 18 in.)

£ 100,000 - 150,000
US$ 130,000 - 200,000
Amended
Sir Alfred James Munnings P.R.A., R.W.S. (British, 1878-1959)
Ponies and Gorse
signed and indistinctly dated 'A.J.Munnings/191.' (lower right)
oil on canvas
37.5 x 45.7 cm. (14 3/4 x 18 in.)

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    The British Printing Corporation Sale, 15 July 1966, lot 44
    Private Collection, Glasgow, Scotland
    Private Collection, U.S.A.

    Munnings' love for the rural Norwich landscape and lifestyle is evident in this work. During the years 1908 -1911 the artist would take small herds of ponies into the Ringland hills seven miles to the west of Norwich or down the East Anglian bylanes and let the ponies loose among the gorse. There they would graze while Munnings found the perfect painting open air studio where the fall of light played off the vividly coloured gorse buds and the backs of the ponies.

    In this work, Munnings has taken two contrasting ponies, his white Welsh mare and the little dark brown Dartmoor mare, two frequent equine models, and set them under flat low light as though his primary vision was a study of a limited palette of muted tones. The key note in the painting is in fact the highlight of sunlight as it streams through the wisps of hair at the end of the white pony’s tail. Munnings, like many impressionist painters, painted a theme en plein air under varying light conditions.

    In addition to a subtle study of tones, Munnings also indulged in the theme of idle moments. This is also an expression of the common dream of rural freedom in a spiraling era of rapid urbanization and industrialization. The ponies are seen here as small creatures in a vast open expanse of wild gorse and grasslands.

    We are very grateful to Lorian Peralta-Ramos for composing this catalogue entry.

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