Alan Reynolds (Born 1926)

Sunset, Kent Sold

Watercolour and gouache on paper.
Signed, dated and dedicated For Robert and Lillian with love / Alan [?]. / 1957. at the lower left.
Further signed and dated Reynolds. 57. at the lower right.
Titled “Sunset Kent.” on the verso.
629 x 486 mm. (24 3/4 x 19 1/8 in.)

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This large watercolour was presented by the artist in 1957 to the prominent art critic and journalist Robert Melville (1905-1986). Melville, who wrote exhibition reviews for the fortnightly magazine Art News and Review, had noticed Reynolds’s work since his earliest public exhibitions. In 1955, Melville wrote of Reynolds’s landscapes that ‘If we are regaining confidence in the future of the most rewarding tradition in English art, it is thanks to the immense promise of his work and the evidence of his already remarkable development.’

As Melville wrote in the catalogue introduction for Reynolds’s fourth one-man show, entitled The Four Seasons, held at the Redfern Gallery in June 1956, ‘Alan Reynolds is the only painter I know who has succeeded in conveying to us his sense of a scale stretched far beyond the limits of sight through the medium of visionary landscapes which remain in close correspondence with the appearance of the natural scene.’

Provenance:
Given by the artist to Robert and Lillian Melville, London, in 1957
Agnew’s, London
Private collection, since the 1980’s.


Alan REYNOLDS

Sunset, Kent

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