|Philip Wilson Steer, (1860-1942)|
Reclining Female Nude.
Black chalk with white highlights on laid paper.
Signed "PW Steer" lower left.
14 3/4 x 9 inches
Philip Wilson Steer, (1860-1942):
Born in Birkenhead in 1860, the son of a painter, Philip Wilson Steer joined the Department of Coins and Medals at the British Museum in 1875 but turned to painting in 1878. He studied at the Gloucester School of Art and from 1880 to 1881 at the South Kensington Drawing Schools. He was rejected by the Royal Academy Schools and went to Paris in October 1882, where he enrolled at the Academie Julian under William-Adolphe Bouguereau. In January 1883 he transferred to the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and studied under Alexandre Cabanel returning to London the following year. During this period he painted coastal and beach scenes with figures mainly at Walberswick in Suffolk and on the French Coast. These are generally considered to be his most interesting works and established his reputation as an early English Impressionist. He contributed to the London Impressionists exhibition at the Goupil Gallery in 1889. In 1886 he joined the newly formed New English Art Club and continued to exhibit there and the Royal Academy, society of British Artists and Grosvenor Gallery. Although he painted portraits and genre scenes he turned increasingly to landscape after 1900 and taught painting at the Slade School for nearly forty years.
Collections: British Museum; Victoria and Albert Museum; Fitzwilliam Museum, Oxford; Leeds City Art Gallery and elsewhere.