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Attrib. Harold Yates (1916-2000) - 1938 Oil, August Afternoon in the Mendips

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An excellent early 20th century oil attributed to the artist Harold Yates (1916-2000). This expressive painting captures the idyllic setting in the Mendips, utilising earthy tones and sweeping brushstrokes to expertly portray the scene. Inscribed and dated on reverse with an artists label, as shown. Well presented in a painted wood frame with rough detailing. Unsigned. On board.


The condition is typical for a picture of this age including some discolouration and surface dirt. The frame contains extensive scuffed edges resulting in some losses, with some widening in the joints. Inspection under UV light reveals no restoration.


32.7 x 39.4cm (12.9" x 15.5")
Framed Size: 45.9 x 53.3cm (18.1" x 21")

Artist Biography

Painter the son of an amateur artist, he studied at Portsmouth School of Art, 1930-31 and later joined a commercial studio as a figure painter. His disillusionment with commercial art led him to explore abstract art and works from this period circa 1935-39 were shown at the Artists' International Association. His first solo exhibition was held at Foyles Art Gallery, London, 1935 and also he showed at Jack Bilbo's Modern Gallery in the years prior to World War II. In the late 1930’s he moved away from non-representational art to a style of personal symbolism. During this period, when he was serving in the army, he also made studies of his fellow soldiers which were often humorous and satirical. On leaving the army he continued to paint part-time while working in an advertising agency, later becoming a freelance artist. A solo exhibition of his work was held at the Belgrave Gallery, London, 1989. His work is included in the collection of the Imperial War Museum and the Victoria Art Gallery. A retrospective exhibition was held at the Chappel Galleries, Chappel, Essex, in 1992.

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Code kq503
Artist Attrib. Harold Yates (1916-2000)
Date 1938
Dimensions 32.7 x 39.4cm
Medium Oil
Style Realism
Subject Landscape
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