Frank Fidler, Woodland View - Original mid-20th-century watercolour painting

An original mid-20th-century watercolour painting, Frank Fidler Woodland View.

A wonderfully expressive watercolour with pen and ink by this accomplished artist. The broad strokes of watercolour and freely drawn lines of ink give the scene real energy. There is an additional watercolour of a river view verso as shown.

Signed lower right.
In excellent condition. There are small pin holes at the lower two corners.
27.1cm x 37.3cm.

This work forms part of a collection of watercolours and pastels we have by Frank Fidler (1910-1995). It represents his later, figurative work.

Fidler began painting full time in 1954, and his early work was strongly influenced by Abstract Expressionism and a chance meeting with Jackson Pollock). He had his first major exhibition alongside other British artists in Moscow in 1957, and then in Paris, in the “Towards the Future” exhibition in 1958.

In 1959 he had a solo exhibition at the Drian Gallery, London, and he exhibited there regularly thereafter. During the early 1960s he also exhibited in London with the Free Painter's Group and at the Ben Uri Gallery. He became an active member of the Harlow Playhouse Gallery, where he became friendly with the sculptor Henry Moore – a friendship which continued until Moore's death.

Fidler, however, gradually became disillusioned with the London art scene, and by the 1980s he had abandoned abstraction. He began to record the landscape around his home, and on his travels, in watercolour, pastel and graphite. His figurative work nevertheless retains the energy and bold visual appeal of the abstraction of his earlier years.


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