Leonard Joel has been selling art at auction for over 100 years and we now present three fine curated auctions a year to market, offering a broad range of traditional, modern and contemporary fine art.
Our most recent highlights were difficult to select, but we have been fortunate to present many fine examples in the past few years…!
Whilst many artists of the early 1900s turned to the landscape for inspiration, Norman Lindsay devoted himself to the figural. His sumptuous nudes, though masterpieces of sensual beauty, were highly controversial for the time. This painting, The Lute Player c.1924, portrays the central nude, victoriously stealing the attention of the lute player in the lower right, highlighting the contest between the senses of sight (her beauty) and sound (the lute). It was a privilege for us to offer this museum quality work of art in our recent Fine Art auction.
Arthur Streeton, like many artists of his generation, travelled to Europe to enhance his practice. During time spent in England, he produced two significant paintings of Cromford – the home of Sir Richard Arkwright. The larger of the two, Arkwright’s Valley, Derbyshire 1911, is part of the National Gallery of Victoria’s permanent collection. The smaller landscape, Valley of Sir Richard Arkwright 1911, recently sold in our November Fine Art auction, after being in the same family collection for 105 years.
These two paintings by Joy Hester and Charles Blackman, dating from the 1950s were offered fresh to the market from The De Stoop Collection. The De Stoop family epitomised a significant era in Melbourne’s cultural history, a time when European migrants were flocking to the city and when food, art, poetry and literature became intertwined.
Olivia Fuller | Head of Fine Art