Flowers on the Table

Edward Le Bas (1904 - 1966)

Oil on board

c.1947-1948

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  • About the work
    Location
    Country: UK
    City: London
    Place: OFSTED, Clive House, Petty France
  • About the artist
    Edward Le Bas was born in London of Anglo-French descent, the brother of the sculptor Molly Le Bas (1903-1996). After studying architecture in Cambridge and then briefly in Paris in 1924, he studied painting at the Royal College of Art in London. He was born into a wealthy family whose steel business enabled him to live independently and to travel in Europe and North Africa. He was also an enthusiastic art collector, especially of modern British and French painting. In 1963, A Painter’s Collection, an exhibition of works owned by Le Bas was held at the Royal Academy of Arts in London (RA). Le Bas was a member of the London Group of artists, an exhibiting society founded in 1913 that included Duncan Grant and John Nash. His first solo show was held at the Lefevre Gallery in London in 1936. He also exhibited his work at the RA and the Redfern and Goupil Galleries in London. In 1997, an exhibition of his work was held at the Michael Parkin Gallery, London. Le Bas was elected an Associate of the RA in 1943 and a full Academician in 1954. Examples of his work are represented in the collections of Tate and the Arts Council, London; and in British public collections in Brighton, Hull, Leicester, Bradford and Glasgow.
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    Title
    Flowers on the Table
    Date
    c.1947-1948
    Medium
    Oil on board
    Dimensions
    height: 60.00 cm, width: 50.00 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from the Fine Art Society, March 1980
    Inscription
    tl: E. le Bas; verso: No. 5
    Provenance
    Sold through Bonhams, London, '20th Century Paintings and Drawings' sale, on 18 July 1979 (Lot 51), as 'Flowers on a Table'; from which sale purchased by the Fine Art Society; from whom purchased by the Department of the Environment in March 1980
    GAC number
    14965