DESCRIPTION: For sale - a large oil painting on board by artist Harry Phelan Gibb of Irish descent. The work shows three naked figures in a woodland scene with red-roofed houses in the distance. An amazing large work and a nice early piece, which is signed and dated 1916. There is an unfinished work on the back of the painting depicting a group of men around a table. The dark woodland colours have been aplied over a vibrant colour base which gives the greens a richness. If this painting were cleaned and varnished it's likely the colours beneath the woodland green would become more vibrant.
TITLE: Naked Figures in a Woodland Scene, with Houses in the distance
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: UK
SIZE OF BOARD: 70.7 x 90.7 cm (27.84 x 35.71 inches)
MEDIUM: Oil on board
PROVENANCE: Private London collection ... John Nicholson's, Fernhurst, West Sussex, 25th March 2020, lot 294, 'An auction of Fine Paintings, Including Oils, Watercolours, Prints, Maps and Engravings and a Collection of Russian Paintings', (illustrated on page 42 of the catalogue).
CONDITION: Main image - Good condition for age. Water marks to the top of the work, some dents around the edges of the board (would be concealed if framed), a few small marks. Could do with a clean and a varnish to bring the colours out. Image verso - A few large scratches.