Ed­ward Le Bas

CBE RA LG NS ARCA, 1904–1966

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Le Bas was fas­ci­nated by the shabby glam­our of Brighton Pier and painted sev­eral views of it, although few have come to the mar­ket. Well known for his café-so­ci­ety in­te­ri­ors, painted in a style com­bin­ing stylised pat­tern with so­cial ob­ser­va­tion, in town­scapes, he usu­ally fo­cused on ar­chi­tec­ture and at­mos­phere, and only in­cluded fig­ures nom­i­nally. Here, how­ever, he en­livened his view with de­lib­er­ate coun­ter­points drawn be­tween the Pier and cer­tain fig­ures, such as the gilded finials and the yel­low hair of the child at lower right.

The Palace Pier, Brighton, 1949 oil on board 48 x 69 cms 19 x 27 1⁄8 ins signed l.r.; and signed and num­bered, verso

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