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Important French Painting Highlights Pavilions of Harrogate Antiques Fair

Posted on 4th October, 2018

Railway Road, Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate HG2 8NZ

2 – 4 November 2018

A rare and important painting by a French artist whose work foreshadowed the French impressionists will be a major attraction when it goes on sale at The Pavilions of Harrogate Decorative, Antiques & Art Fair at the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, 2nd – 4th November 2018.

Titled ‘Moonlight’, the picture is by Henri Joseph Harpignies (1819-1916) and depicts a lake surrounded by tress, probably in the south of France. Painted in black and grey ink, it is typically atmospheric. Harpignies was a key member of the Barbizon School, the group of artists that began the artistic journey towards the Impressionists. The Barbizon School is the name given to a community of mid-19th-century painters who worked in and around the village of Barbizon in the forest of Fontainebleau, south-east of Paris. They painted landscapes and scenes of rural life, occasionally working in the open air. They took their lead from the Suffolk artist John Constable, who was painting from life landscapes and were important precursors of the Impressionists.  This picture is a wonderful scene showing all the characteristics of the Barbizon School.

‘Moonlight’ will be shown by The Timberhill Gallery from Norfolk with a price of £1,450.

The Pavilions of Harrogate Decorative Antiques & Art Fair brings together many dealers from the north of England. Harrogate dealers Chris Holmes Antiques offers all kinds of unusual decorative pieces and Sutcliffe Galleries promise paintings by local artists, old and new. Mark Buckley Antiques shows fine English furniture and bronzes, so too W.R.Harvey Antiques who specialise in Georgian and Regency period pieces. John Newton Antiques has 19th and 20th century traditional and studio ceramics and Jack Shaw & Co. makes a superb display of fine English silverware….

For the full press release see : The Pavilions of Harrogate Decorative, Antiques & Art Fair 2nd – 4th November 2018.

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