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Philip Alexius de László, PRBA, Hungarian/British 1869-1937-  The Artist's Children Blowing...

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Lot 317

Philip Alexius de László, PRBA, 
Hungarian/British 1869-1937- 
The Artist's Children Blowing...

Price Realised: £14,432

Estimate: £5,000 - £7,000

Price realised is hammer price plus fees (31.2% Buyers Premium inclusive of VAT).

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Lot 317


Philip Alexius de László, PRBA, 
Hungarian/British 1869-1937- 

The Artist's Children Blowing Bubbles; 

oil on canvas, signed and dated 'P.A. de László / 1914' (lower left), 38 x 48.5 cm. 

Private Collection. 

The de László Archive Trust, 'The Catalogue Raisonné of Works by Philip de László (1869-1937) [online]', no. 13519. 

The present work depicts two of the artist's sons, Paul Leonardo (1906-1982) and Patrick David de László (1909-1980), playfully blowing bubbles over a bowl on a table on which toys are scattered. The particularly loose and free handling of the paint suggests that the present work is a study for a finished painting, although a completed version of the work is not known. The subject and composition do exhibit some similarities with De László's depiction of his youngest son, John Adolphus (1912-1990), in a later painting of 1918 which shows John peering into a goldfish bowl placed on the table before him (Christie's 10 Dec 2020, lot 69). The sketch-like execution of the present work does, in fact, impart a sense of spontaneity and familiarity which befits the subject, both in the identity of the sitters, and in the nature of their play. 

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