Dusk, Anticoli Corrado, 1921, oil on canvas, 16.5 x 11 in. (42 x 28 cm)
Charles Cundall (1890-1971) painter, potter and stained glass artist, was born in Stratford, Lancashire. His career spanned a period of over 50 years. Extraordinarily prolific, he painted images of the UK, but also of other countries, primarily France and Italy, due to numerous painting trips undertaken throughout his life. His technical facility – especially when working on large panoramic canvases – was remarkable and his pictures are rich with texture, light and movement. He was equally at ease with aerial views, landscapes, seascapes and cityscapes, and was a master of crowd scenes (ex. Bank Holiday, Brighton 1933 – Tate Collection.) Almost 150 of his works can be found in public collections.
After working as a designer for Pilkington’s Pottery Company under Gordon Forsyth, Charles Cundall studied at Manchester School of Art, obtaining a scholarship to the Royal College of Art, 1912. He joined the Royal Fusiliers in 1914 and was severely wounded in the right arm in 1916. After learning to paint with his left hand, he returned to the Royal College in 1918. From 1919 to 1920 he attended the Slade before furthering his studies in Paris. He was an Official War Artist during World War II and he accompanied the Royal Family to Quebec (1944). Charles Cundall was a member of the Royal Academy as well as the New English Arts Club, the Royal Society of Portrait Painters and the Royal Society of Painters in Watercolour. He exhibited with the Royal Academy almost every year between 1918 and 1970. He had his first solo show at Colnaghi 1927. Charles Cundall exhibited at Colnaghi several times during his lifetime as well as at the Leicester Galleries and the Upper Grosvenor Galleries. Charles Cundall’s wife was the artist Jacqueline Pietersen.