Study for ‘Excavation in Park Lane’’, early 1960s
Framed (ref: 6928)
Pencil and gouache on tracing paper
Provenance: Acquired directly from the Artist's Daughter
Exhibited: - A Working Method,Young Gallery Salisbury, March- April 2016, Sotheran's, April-May 2016.
Literature: Charles Cundall - A Working Method, Edited by Sacha Llewellyn & Paul Liss, published by Liss Llewellyn Fine Art, February 2016.
Clearly painted in situ, the use of several sheets of paper leaves an engaging record of Cundall's working method: his compositions evolved - almost unfolded - in front of him.
Cundall's working technique was dependant upon sketching on the spot to create images that would later be worked up into larger paintings in the studio. Here one would find him working form many drawings and colour notes accumulated during some recent journey. He prefers working with such aids to memory, on a fine canvas with soft hog and sable brushes, occasionally using a palette knife, and laying on colour instinctively rather than by methodical system.
William Gaunt, Charles Cundall R.A, A Study of his Life and Work
This composition is closely related to Tate's Building in Berkeley Square: