Monday, March 29, 2010

Philip de László: An Air of Nobility... a Spirit of Humanity

The National Portrait Gallery in London currently has on display an exhibition of Philip de László's portraits, the first such museum exposition since the artist's death in 1937. de László's works fell out of favor at the same rate as the decline of British aristocracy, but now, after more than a half-century later, the artist was "ripe for reappraisal,"¹ says curator Paul Moorhouse.

"He is a much more sophisticated and complex painter than he has been given credit for," says Moorhouse. "He was incredibly good at what he did. He was prolific, and that very facility has caused a certain amount of suspicion. In his day, he was celebrated for being able to capture a likeness in two hours, which has been taken as a mark of superficiality. (de László's) brilliance can now be seen for what it is. He was an excellent colourist, a wonderful craftsman and hugely accomplished."²

The show, which runs until September 5th, is accompanied by a small catalog, available from the National Portrait Gallery store.

Also, on April 22nd, Sandra de László, director and executive editor for the Philip de László Catalogue Raisonné project, will present a free talk on the artist entitled, "An Air of Nobility... a Spirit of Humanity" detailing the artist's "extraordinary life and work in the context of the paintings that are on view."³

¹ Higgins, Charlotte (2010). Portrait of a Neglected Painter: Philip de László's Works to go on Display. Retrieved March 26, 2010 from {}.
² Ibid.
³ NPG. March 27, 2010. {}.


Jason Peck said...

Hey Matthew,

I love Philip de László's work. Thanks for posting this, Im definitely ordering this guide. Have you posted his color palette already?

Best, Jason

Jason Peck said...

Just found the color palette post. Great post, I think I'm going to give his palette a try.

SARAH said...