ALFRED DE BREANSKI senior

(1852 - 1928)

BRYN TYRCH, CAPEL CURIG, SNOWDONIA, WALES

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COUNTRY OF ORIGIN

England

DATED

19th Century

MEDIUM

oil on canvas

PROVENANCE

Private collection

SIGNED

Bottom LHS

DIMENSIONS

Painting

540 mm x 390 mm

Framed

690 mm x 540 mm

PRICE

£7500

 

This fine 19th century oil painting Capel Curig, a village in the historic county of Caernafonshire, Wales, in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park and is signed by the artist and hangs in a superb quality gold wood/gesso leaf frame. De Breanski captures the magnificence of the Snowdonia Mountains with mist floating across from the LHS and then uses the finest brush for minute detail to the right hand side depicting figures gathering hay and making them into bales while in the centre is stood a fisherman with his rod fishing by the lake, probably the river Llugwy.  This light streams down the LHS side mountain slopes and the river water reflects the sky and the mountain scenery beautifully. This painting is in excellent condition and sat in a quality wood gesso frame

Alfred de Breanski Senior (1852 - 1928)

Alfred de Breanski Senior was a distinguished landscape painter who became famous for his resplendent views of the Welsh and Scottish Highlands; he also painted many views of the Thames. Often bathed in a flood of golden light, these landscapes usually feature water and cattle or sheep on grassy banks; sometimes a solitary figure is seen the distance.

Bréanski belonged to the real stamp of those landscape painters who nimbly seized moments of the day. He had a great passion for the Highlands and perhaps more than any other, caught the atmospheric influences of the undulating landscape.

Born in London, Alfred was the eldest son of Leopold Bréanski; his younger brother and sister, Gustave and Julie, were also painters. He made his debut at the Royal Academy in 1872 and he continued to exhibit there until 1918. He also exhibited at the Royal Institute of Oil Painters and the Royal Cambrian Academy. His many patrons included Sir James Lemon and the Bishop of Peterborough, who purchased the first picture that he exhibited at the Royal Academy “Evening: Softly falls the even light”.

In 1873, Bréanski married Annie Roberts, a talented Welsh artist whom he met during his frequent painting trips to Wales. They had seven children, two of which, Alfred Fontville and Arthur, were both to become painters. For much of his life Bréanski lived in Greenwich, Lewisham and Cookham and in 1880 he became a Freeman of the City of London.

The work of Bréanski is represented in several public collections including the Southampton Art Gallery and the Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

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