Beautiful Limited Edition Sir William Russell Print Titled, La Belle Poseuse, Nerac
This is limited edition numbered 1 of 850
Published; November, 1983
Image Size 19.75" x 26.75"
"Interior of one of the public lavoirs in the Armagnac town of Nerac."
"La Belle Poseuse" loosely translates to "The Beautiful Exhibition" this carries true for all aspects of the study from architecture to models.
As mentioned Nerac can be found within the province Armagnac which may sound familiar. This would likely be as this town in the south-west
of France (primarily agriculture) is renowned for its brandy (Armagnac) which is one of the oldest French brandies.
Sir William Russell Flint (1880 – 1969)
William Russell Flint was born during 1880 in Edinburgh, he was the eldest son of Francis W Flint, a commercial artist.
Educated at Daniel Stewart College William left school at 14 and was apprenticed to a firm of lithographers in Edinburgh. He worked as a draughtsman and in 1895 began evening classes at the Royal Institution School of Art. In 1900 William Russell Flint fine artist moved to London. Where he was initially employed as a medical illustrator and subsequently by the Illustrated London News from 1903-07. Studying in the evenings at Hatherley’s School of Art. It was at the instigation of Thomas Hatherley that Flint devoted himself to watercolour.
An enormously successful artist Flint first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1906. Subsequently in Venice from 1909 to 1914 and this latter year exhibited in Berlin views of his travels in France and Italy 1912 to 1913.
He was awarded a silver medal at the Paris Salon of 1912. However at this same period Flint was commissioned to illustrate a number of classic editions, for among others Philip Lee Warner, including Thomas Mallory’s Morte D’Arthur and Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.
He had been elected a member of the Royal Watercolour Society in 1917, and in 1924. After exhibiting only three oils, was elected Associate of the Royal Academy. However receiving full membership in 1933 and later serving as a trustee 1943-55. Likewise Flint was appointed a member of the Royal Society of Painters in 1931.
Flint served as President of the Royal Society of Painters in Watercolour 1936-56. However he was knighted for his services to art in 1947. In 1962 Flint was accorded the rare distinction. Shared by only 5 other Royal Academicians, of being granted an exhibition of his work in the Diploma Galleries at the Royal Academy. A tribute to his status as one of the foremost British artists of the 20th century.
Sir William Russell Flints success and lasting reputation lie in his extraordinary ability to portray the female form. Whether in oil, tempera or watercolour. In a career spanning 70 years his virtuoso technique allowed him to depict his vision of beauty. His works can be found in many museums including Walker Art Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum.
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The frame is beautiful and compliments the artwork and measures approx 106cm x 91cm
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