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Cloudy Day claude-flight-cloudy-day.jpg

Cloudy Day

Item Code: CFEL-clday-u
Medium
Watercolour
Date of Work
c1930
Width (cm)
50.5
Height (cm)
35.5
Signed
Unsigned
Base price $1,334
Includes free standard framing and UK delivery
From 1922 until his death, Claude Flight's companion and collaborator was a fellow linocut artist, and textile designer, Edith Lawrence (1890-1973). They lived together from 1925 and Flight and Lawrence shared several exhibitions of watercolours and textiles, including the Redfern Gallery in 1928 and the French Gallery in March 1935.

There is no way of knowing which hand painted which stroke, and the watercolours offered here must be credited as joint productions of Flight and Lawrence.
Claude Flight portraitClaude Flight (1881–1955) Painter, printmaker, interior designer and sculptor. Born in London, Flight trained as an engineer, then became a librarian, in 1906 beginning seven years of beekeeping and farming in Sussex. Began to study at Heatherley’s School of Fine Art, resuming his studies in 1918 after Army service, with a special interest in lino-cutting, of which he was to become a master. In the 1920s began to exhibit on the continent, in 1925 having lino-cuts bought by the Contemporary Art Society and the British Museum. Two years later formed interior decorating business with the artist Edith Lawrence, experimenting with lino-cutting, textiles, picture panels and wall hangings.

In 1931 had one-man show at Redfern Gallery, in 1935 a joint exhibition with Edith Lawrence at the French Gallery. They were responsible for the First Exhibition of British Lino-Cuts at the Redfern in 1929, an annual event until 1937. During World War II many of Flight’s paintings and colour blocks were destroyed by enemy action. For a time Flight was editor of Arts and Crafts Quarterly, and he also published a number of books, including Lino-Cuts. S C Kaines-Smith called Flight “the only true futurist that this country has produced”. His vital, dynamic prints were early recognised as masterpieces in a neglected medium. In later life lived with Edith Lawrence at Donhead St Andrew, Wiltshire. David Buckman – Artists in Britain Since 1945
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