Victory Celebrations, 1919
Oil on canvas
Signed at lower right; inscribed on verso, London 1919
62 x 66 ½ in. (157.48 x 168.91 cm)
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Sir Claude Francis Barry’s picture represents the spectacular fireworks display held in London on July 19, 1919, to commemorate the end of World War I. Born into an aristocratic industrial family, Barry defied parental expectations by becoming an artist. His training began with the landscape painter Sir Alfred East, who taught him to simplify his compositions and concentrate on overall form, not detail. In his early twenties in Cornwall, in the southwest of England, he joined a group of artists known as the Newlyn School, the British counterpart to the French open-air painters known as the Barbizon School. This painting is executed in the pointillist technique, practiced by the French artist Georges Seurat, in which color is applied in small, distinct dots. Barry returned to this technique for a group of paintings he made at the conclusion of World War II.
Studio of the artist, Jersey; Hazlitt, Gooden & Fox, London, 2004
Exhibited: Royal Society of British Artists, Annual Exhibition, 1921, no. 111
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