26th Feb, 2022 12:00 GMT/BST

Line, Colour and Form, A Private Collection

  Lot 2039


Carlos Nadal (1917-1998) Spanish
"Vacances en France"
Signed, inscribed verso and dated (19)84 with atelier stamp, oil on board, 44.5cm by 54cm

Provenance: Solomon Gallery, London

This work has been authenticated by Le Comite Nadal

Born in Paris to Catalan parents, the family moved back to Barcelona in 1921. Nadal was exposed to contemporary art at a young age in his father’s commercial design studio, where he met the likes of Raoul Dufy, Maurice Utrillo and Henri Matisse, the latter of whom would inform his style for the rest of his life.

In 1930 Nadal enrolled at the School of Arts and Crafts in Barcelona and in 1932 moved to the Senior School for the Fine Arts of St George Barcelona. During the Spanish Civil War Nadal fought with the Republican Forces on the Aragonese Front, crossed the French Frontier and was interned in the Concentration Camp St Cyprien for five months, from which he escaped. In 1946 Nadal was granted a scholarship by the French Government to study in Paris where he became a painter in the Fauvist manner. Painting in Spain and France he was captivated by the light and colour of the Mediterranean.

He married the Belgian painter Floris Joris (see lot 2112) in 1949 and settled in Brussels. Nadal exhibited throughout the world, holding major exhibitions in Barcelona, France, Germany and Switzerland as well as being invited to exhibit at the Royal Academy in London. Nadal won several awards throughout his lifetime, and one art critic described his paintings as a ‘flamboyant place’.

Sold for £12,500
Estimated at £7,000 - £10,000


Covered in a thin layer of surface dirt and discoloured varnish. Slight rubbing to the board to the left outer edge with slight losses to the green and blue in this area (see images). Two circular shaped marks to the board (by design) one to the upper left edge to the right of the church and one to the upper right to the right of the white and blue flag. (see images). Proablaly oil on paper laid onto board - hence the two punch holes in the paper. Otherwise in good overall condition.

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Auction: Line, Colour and Form, A Private Collection, 26th Feb, 2022

A Private Collection of mid to late 20th century paintings, prints, ceramics and sculpture are being sold in the single-owner sale Line, Colour and Form at Tennants Auctioneers on 26th February. Thoughtfully put together over the course of thirty years by collectors in the North East of England, the 125 lot collection is unified by a love of line, colour and form.

Each piece in the collection has been carefully selected, the discerning eye of the collectors’ choosing pieces on their artistic merit rather than by collecting particular artists. This has resulted in a disparate yet harmonious collection that includes works both by internationally celebrated artists such as David Hockney and lesser-known local artists.


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Thursday 24 February 10am-4pm, Friday 25 February 10am-5pm and morning of sale from 8am

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