Noel Coward paintings for sale
Noël Coward is well known for his plays, music, acting and cabaret, but far less well known for his art or collecting. We have a selection of Noel Coward paintings for sale.
As you might expect, his unseen art is far from boring, featuring bold and vibrant colours, gorgeous blue skies.
The picture of a naked man sunning himself on a bench next to two smiling nuns – entitled What is She Telling Her Beads? – was painted by Coward in Jamaica, his Caribbean home, and is one of 19 of his works that will be sold by Christie’s in March.
“It is risqué in a very English, 1930s way,” said Will Porter, senior director of modern British art at the auction house. “His paintings are great fun … they reflect his sense of humour. There are some very witty works and some slightly risqué pieces.”
Porter said Coward’s own painting was very much a relaxing pastime and he would often give away the finished works as gifts for birthdays and first nights.
He was also a man who knew what he liked in terms of what he hung on his walls. “Generally the theme running through them is one of naivety or a certain primitivism and simplicity.”
Coward also often bought paintings directly from the artists and the collection includes one Seago work, Towards Westminster, which has a dedication on the reverse: “For Noel from Ted 1972.”
The admiration between the two men was mutual. In a letter from Seago to Coward in 1966, the artist wrote: “I’m still very thrilled to think that the man who’s [sic] work I admire far more than anyone else in his art – or several arts for that matter – should profess a liking for my pictures.”
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