Paul HOGARTH (Kendal 1917 - Cirencester 2001)

Art Nouveau Apartment Building, Geneva Sold

Watercolour over an underdrawing in pencil, on thick white paper.
Signed, dated and inscribed Paul Hogarth ’87 Art Nouveau apartment house, Quai Wilson, Geneva at the lower left centre.
Further inscribed Constance’s flat / Sebastian at the lower left.
482 x 420 mm. (19 x 16 1/2 in.) [image]
572 x 463 mm. (22 1/2 x 18 1/4 in.) [sheet]

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The architectural historian Peter Blake has noted that ‘Paul Hogarth is not exactly a recorder of architecture, he is a lover of buildings. He idealises them, romanticizes them, makes fun of them, and ultimately identifies with them. His drawings and watercolour washes are like love letters to buildings; and, like love letters, they exaggerate. They make you smile. Not many artists know how to get a building to make you smile. Hogarth knows.’ A similar sentiment was expressed by the architect Sir Hugh Casson, who once said that ‘There’s nobody to touch Paul Hogarth for catching a building’s likeness – dead right without a trace of laborious correctness.’

Provenance:
Francis Kyle Gallery, London.

Paul HOGARTH

Art Nouveau Apartment Building, Geneva

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