"Piazza S.Agostno. Taormina" (1975) by William Eyre (1891-1979)
Piazza S.Agostino.Taormina 1975. Watercolour on Paper. 38x56 cm. Signed lower left.
The view of iconic Sicilian town of Taormina by a brilliant artist
William Eyre (1891-1979), a landscape painter of extraordinary talent who exhibited at the Croydon Art Society for the best part of twenty years, with the likes of Hesketh Hubbard, PRBA, ROI, FSA, Jack Merriott, RI, William Watkins, RI, William Fryer and Cicely Mary Barker. In 1971, Eyre moved to North Wales where he remained for the rest of his life, however he still regularily contributed to the Croydon Art Society’s exhibitions, although he no longer put his works up for sale. His works record the myriad of places that he visited, not only in England but on the Continent, and cover all seasons, but it was the sublime landscapes of Northern Whales that proved to be his final and most haunting inspiration; he died there in 1979. Eyre’s works show considerable skill in the handling of both oil and watercolor, two very different mediums, and his landscapes have even been likened to Whistler. His confidence, sense of drama and simplicity of technique has also drawn comparisons with Cotman and there is a clear link to be made with the work of Edward Seago.
The watercolour is signed lower left and also bears the artist's inscription and a date "75" made in pencil verso. This painting is in excellent condition, mounted and framed to a very high standard into a quality modern Italian frame. Preserved under an art galss (non-reflective museum quality glass). Size in the frame- 68x86 cm. Comes with the Leonid Shishkin Gallery certificate confirming its authenticity.
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