Bold 20th century art adds spring colour to our saleroom – so what type of paintings do you love?

Posted on 03/02/2019 in Press Coverage

Art is very personal. Are you into traditional paintings from the 19th Century or do you prefer something more contemporary? Some say you either love or hate a painting.

Our Fine Art Department is clued up to deal with all manner of paintings - from the antique to the contemporary - and we’re proud to have been appointed to market a fine selection of post-war artwork sourced from a Midlands academic institution.

A similar appointment last year led to a record price of £14,000 being realised for a painting of a cat and pineapple by highly regarded British artist Mary Fedden

The selection this year is no less impressive. There are works by leading post-war British and foreign artists such as Valerious Caloutsis, Dame Elizabeth Frink, sculptor Robert Neale, Peter Oliver and Cheong Soo Pieng to name a few.

The highlight of the consignment is Lot 218, a bright and cheerful oil painting by celebrated British artist Frederick John Pym Gore CBA, RA (1913-2009).

The 50cm by 75cm work in oils is titled 'The Pink Field Les Baux' and has the prestigious Redfern Gallery label to the back. Another title states 'The Path to Mausanne'.

Painted in Gore’s typical Fauve style with thickly laid on paint in bright hues, the work probably dates from the 1960s when he painted scenes in Provence. It carries a pre-sale estimate of £2,000-3,000 though his works can fetch well over £10,000.

Frederick Gore was born into art. His father, Spencer Gore, was the president of the Camden Town Group of painters while his Scottish dancer mother showed her creative flair in a different way.

After the Second World War, he began teaching at Saint Martin’s School of Art where he became Head of Painting from 1951 to 1979.

He taught, and became associated, with some of the most accomplished artists of the 20th Century. Exhibiting at London’s Redfern Gallery, in 1972 he was elected a Royal Academician. In later years he designed posters for the London Transport Museum.

Hansons’ Head of Fine Art Adrian Rathbone was particularly delighted to see the Gore painting. Like me, he loves to see original art by noted craftspeople - be it painting, sculpture or any other medium. What he admires about Gore’s work is the vibrant colour palette and the energetic brush strokes.

The consignment of 20th Century art is being offered in Hansons’ 20th Century Design and Decorative Arts Auction on Friday, February 22. You can view the catalogue at

Hansons is inviting entries of paintings for their Spring Fine Art Auction on March 30. Entries close March 8. Please contact Adrian Rathbone on 01283 733988 or email [email protected].

Finally, today (Feb 18), from 5.30pm-7pm, Hansons is holding a free display and talk to showcase The Anglo-Saxon Collection at its auction centre in Heage Lane, Etwall. Some 250 fascinating items from a pagan Anglo-Saxon burial site discovered in Lincolnshire in 1962 are to be sold by private treaty. We very much hope the entire collection will go to a museum. To check if any places are available, please email events organiser Rachael Morley – [email protected] – or call 01283 733988.