Maurice Codner Sketching by the Bridge at Wiston. Sir Alfred James Munnings (British, 1878-1959). Oil on canvas.
Munnings’ casual, lighthearted approach is evident. In painting his friend, he is released from the formal conventions that are espoused by his society portraits. The ground is loose and gestural, especially through the curtain of richly colored, scumbled foliage in the background. The emphasis rests on Codner and he is carved out of swift, confident strokes, and sparkles in the brilliant sun.