A Picardy Landscape

A Picardy Landscape by Louis Welden Hawkins c. 1850-1910. Signed with monogram and dated 1916; inscribed on labels on the backboard: "Edward Steel Harper A Woodland Rivulet, painted 1915-16, fin. July 3rd 1916, add. Oct 31 1916, 55 Moor Pool Avenue, Harbours, B'ham." 23 1/2 x 29 1/2 inches, 59.5 x 75 centimetres

Commentary by Peter Nahum

Louis Welden Hawkins was born in Germany of English parents. He moved to Paris at a young age where he lived until his death in 1910. He exhibited in London at the Royal Society of British Artists in 1880 and 1881. In later years his style changed. He moved away from the traditional realism derived from the teachings of Jules Bastien-Lepage, as seen in A Picardy Landscape, to painting the nude and female figures in the symbolist style.

References

A Century of Master Drawings, Watercolours, & Works in Egg Tempera. London: Peter Nahum, nd. Catalogue number 14.

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