Alfred-James-Munnings

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.

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Alfred James Munnings - The Plough in Early Spring [1901] by Gandalf
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Munnings’ childhood was spent in Mendham, East Anglia, on the verdant fields of the Waverny Valley farmed by his father. This early connection to the land and its people left a lasting impression, and in the early 1900s, Munnings sought out the area’s local residents as subjects for his painting. In his autobiography, the artist recalled the scene and scent of hay-cutting while “on the meadows men with horses harrowing and rolling, moving slowly across and back; making wide, velvety tracks on the sunlit grass.” This vivid memory informs the present work, with its ploughman, feet braced firmly against the earth, shifting the blade at an angle; as his two draught horses methodically pace forward, the blue-green grasses are turned under, revealing rich brown earth.

[Sotheby’s, New York - Oil on canvas, 62.5 x 67.3 cm]

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Alfred James Munnings - The Plough in Early Spring [1901] by Gandalf’s Gallery

<br /><i>Via Flickr:</i>
<br />Munnings’ childhood was spent in Mendham, East Anglia, on the verdant fields of the Waverny Valley farmed by his father. This early connection to the land and its people left a lasting impression, and in the early 1900s, Munnings sought out the area’s local residents as subjects for his painting. In his autobiography, the artist recalled the scene and scent of hay-cutting while “on the meadows men with horses harrowing and rolling, moving slowly across and back; making wide, velvety tracks on the sunlit grass.” This vivid memory informs the present work, with its ploughman, feet braced firmly against the earth, shifting the blade at an angle; as his two draught horses methodically pace forward, the blue-green grasses are turned under, revealing rich brown earth.

[Sotheby’s, New York - Oil on canvas, 62.5 x 67.3 cm]

Sir Alfred James Munnings [British Painter, 1878-1959]