Arthur Studd (1863 - 1919):
Blossom, early morning
Framed (ref: 3626)
Oil on panel,
8 3/4 × 6 1/4 in. (22.2 × 15.8 cm)
Provenance: Peter Cochran;The Fine Art Society.
Exhibited: (?) Arthur Studd, Alpine Club Gallery, London, June 1911, ref 320
It’s commonly believed that Paul Gauguin worked in isolation in Tahiti, living in self-imposed exile from France and far from the reach of the European avant-garde. But from 1897 to 1898 Gauguin was joined in Tahiti at Papete by a British painter, Arthur Haythorne Studd (1863 – 1919). It was Studd’s wish, as he declared in a letter to his friend James McNeil Whistler (dated 22 June, 1897), to establish a ‘Studio of the South Seas’
A man of independent means and a collector Studd bequeathed three major works by Whistler to the National Gallery, London (now in the Tate Collection): Symphony in White, No. 2: The Little White Girl; The Fire Wheel; and Nocturne: Blue and Silver – Cremorne Lights).
He excelled in producing small wooden panels painted en plein air, much inspired by the Post Impressionists. Panels by
Studd of a similar size are in the collection of Tate Britain.
A biography of this important British painter and collector, whose story remains to be told, is being prepared by Dr Prue Ahrens University of Queensland.