Edward Le Bas
CBE RA LG NS ARCA, 1904–1966
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