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Lot 342

David Bomberg, British 1890-1957 -   Woman in sunlight, Lilian, 1931;   oil...

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Lot 342

David Bomberg,
British 1890-1957 -
Woman in sunlight, Lilian, 1931;

Price Realised: £36,400

Estimate: £30,000 - £35,000

Price realised is hammer price plus fees (30% Buyers Premium inclusive of VAT).

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Lot 342


David Bomberg,

British 1890-1957 -


Woman in sunlight, Lilian, 1931;


oil on canvas, signed and dated upper right Bomberg 31, 76 x 63.5 cm (ARR)


Provenance: Mrs Lilian Bomberg (nee Holt); Sothebys, London, 19th May 1982, lot 136; with Dvir Gallery, Tel Aviv; Christies, London, 26th June 2015, lot 218; Boundary Gallery, London


Exhibited: Herbert Art Gallery, Coventry, David Bomberg 1890-1957, Paintings and Drawings, September 1960, no.40; Hope Hall, Liverpool, David Bomberg, 1961, no.27 ; Tate Gallery, London, David Bomberg 1890-1957, Paintings and Drawings, March-April 1967, no.65, pl.12 illus. in catalogue (this exhibition toured to Ferens Art Gallery, Hull, April-May; City Art Gallery, Manchester, May-June; City Art Gallery, Bristol, June-July; Castle Museum and Art Gallery, Nottingham, July-August); Fischer Fine Art, London, Bomberg: Paintings, Drawings, Watercolours and Lithographs, March-April 1973, no.13, illus. in catalogue; Whitechapel Gallery, London, David Bomberg: The Later Years, September-October 1979, no.7, illus. in catalogue; Israel Museum, Jerusalem, David Bomberg in Palestine 1923-1927, Autumn 1983, no.62 as Portrait of Lilian


Literature: W. Lipke, David Bomberg, London 1967, p.71, illus. pl.VI


Note: this is one of the most tender and soulful portraits Bomberg ever made of his wife, the artist Lilian Holt. During the 1930s Bomberg created a number of celebrated portraits of Lilian in his innovative mature style, that combined heavy brushstrokes with deep colour, the figure gradually emerging from the paint. These works would be hugely influential on a generation of artists including Frank Auerbach, Leon Kossoff and Lucien Freud. A related portrait Lilian, 1932 is in the Tate collection.

Buyer's Premium

The buyer shall pay the hammer price together with a premium thereon of 26% up to £20,000 (31.2% inclusive of VAT), 25% from £20,001 - £500,000 (30% inclusive of VAT), 20% from £500,001 thereafter (24% inclusive of VAT). The premium price is subject to VAT at the standard rate.

VAT is not charged on the hammer price unless it is stated that there is 'VAT applicable on the hammer price at the end of the description. Buyer's premium is subject to VAT.

Qualifying living artists and the descendants of artists deceased within the last 70 years are entitled to receive a re-sale royalty each time their work is bought through an auction house or art market professional.

It applies to lots with hammer value over €1,000 as follows:
0 to €50,000 - 4%, €50,000.01 to €200,000 - 3%
€200,000.01 to €350,000 - 1%,
€350,000.01 to €500,000 - 0.5%
Exceeding €500,000 - 0.25%
ARR is capped at €12,500

Please note ARR is calculated in euros. Auctioneers will apply current exchange rates.

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