IRISH ART AUCTION - 27th November 2012

Lot 12

Camille Souter HRHA b.1919


Oil on paper, laid on board, 15 1/8” X 17 3/4” (38.5cm x 45cm), signed and dated 1978
Provenance: Taylor Galleries, Dublin
Exhibited: Dublin, Taylor Galleries, Oireachtas Exhibition, 5th - 30th September 1978 (label verso)

Camille Souter is far from prolific; her output is small because she is so scrupulous about quality. Unlike so many other artists, she recognises that not everything a painter creates is of the same standard and she chooses to let out only her very best work. However, even among this exceptional body of paintings there are magical ones that epitomise Souter’s delight in what she sees, paintings like Quiet Snow in Stephen’s Green. It captures the feeling of physically being there: the crisp coldness against the skin, the brilliant whiteness against the eyes but, more importantly, the transformation of the normally busy Stephen’s Green into a private, solitary space where ‘quiet’ is made palpable. Souter is often called ‘a painter’s painter’ and the reason for this is evident here, where her treatment of snow demonstrates her innate feel for the most subtle variations of colour and light. She layers paint, animating the surface with glimpses of the underlying colour. The whole effect is of a lightness and liveliness of touch and of a luminous transparency that is perfectly matched to the subject.

Ms Frances Ruane

Sold Price: €18,500


Tuesday 27th November 2012
The Clyde Court Hotel (formerly The Berkeley Court), Lansdowne Rd, Dublin 4