RICHARD BEER (1928 - 2017) 

COLLOSEUM, ROME, ITALY

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN

England

DATED

20th Century

MEDIUM

Oil on canvas

SIGNED

Bottom RHS

DIMENSIONS

Painting

1260 mm x 1010 mm

PRICE

£995

 

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A wonderful large oil on canvas from the Estate of the late Richard Beer,  depicting the Colosseum in Rome, Italy. A unique statement piece, a one of, that would look wonderful in the right location in an appropriate frame to show it off in all its glory. 

The modern style of Beer really comes through with his generous, easy paint application, giving great depth and detail in the structure of this ancient building. The colours are fresh and vibrant and the sky has a greeny blue/yellowish tone. The painting is full of energy and Beer's architectural flare is at its best.

A number of figures are seen in the foreground taking in the view from a cobbled path and railings giving a sense of scale and an interesting flash of colour. 

The painting is in good condition  - there is a very tiny slit in canvas top LHS in sky (5mm x 0.1mm) - not really noticeable

RICHARD BEER (1924 - 2017)

Richard Beer was both a painter and a printmaker. His works were mostly architectural or landscape, and he was inspired in particular by Italian and French subjects, displaying a distinctive eye for detail on the buildings he captured and a talent for evoking the atmosphere of a scene. He studied at the Slade School of Art (1945-50) subsequently moving to Paris on a French Government Scholarship where he studied briefly at the Ecole des Beaux Arts before moving on to the world famous Stanley Hayter’s Atelier 17,where he no doubt honed his fine skills on the medium of etching.  

He was teacher of printmaking at Chelsea School of Art for 40 years and a founder member of the Printmakers Council. During his holidays, he travelled widely throughout Italy, France, Spain and Morocco, prolifically sketching and painting the rural and architectural landscapes that inspired him.  His sketches would be brought home to his studio in Primrose Hill, London where they would provide inspiration for etchings or the basis for his oil paintings. He held many one man shows and was a regular exhibitor at the Royal Academy.  His work is held in many collections including the Tate, Victoria and Albert Museum and the Government Art Collection.

His first solo exhibition was held at the Arthur Jeffress Gallery, London. His more recent exhibitions include one at Sally Hunter Fine Art, 1990. He has also exhibited at the RA, Parkin Gallery, also designed for the ballet. Beer taught at Chelsea School of Art and his work is in the collection of the V&A, GAC, Museums Sheffield and Metropolitan Museum of Fine Art, New York. Richard Beer was a founder of the Printmakers Council and taught at the Slade, the British School at Rome and at Chelsea School of Art and in 2016 his work comprising oils and prints were shown at Abbott and Holder.