The Clown, 1952
Harry Rosengrave (1899 - 1985)
36 x 25cm
signed lower right
Provenance: Niagara Galleries, Melbourne
0419 540 162
“Harry's…work is a sincere and direct song about the joy there is to be seen and had all around us...” Bill Nuttall 1986
Harry Rosengrave was born in Locksley, Victoria. His art training began at the National Gallery School before the end of World War Il. After the war he joined George Bell's School. After some time at the Bell School, Rosengrave joined forces with his two close friends. Fred Williams and Ian Armstrong to apply some of Bell's theories outside of their usual context of the studio.
Although influenced by Bell, his work nevertheless bears the distinctive mark of an artist who followed his own vision and inspiration- His colour harmonies and compositions create works that reflect the pleasure he experienced in the world around him. Some have called his work naive but he didn't share this view, rather he saw his paintings as direct unspoilt renderings of the world he knew and loved. He was an artist concerned with generalisation rather than formalisation. His art is personal and lyrical.
His works are represented in major collections including the National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Australian National Gallery, Canberra, Ballarat Art Gallery, Geelong Art Gallery, Warrnambool Art Gallery.