Pont Mirabeau, Paris
Sir Herbert James Gunn (1893 - 1964)
Oil on Board
Size (inches): 9 (h) x 12 (w) inches
Size (cm): 22.9 (h) x 30.5 (w) cm
Sir Herbert James Gunn was born in Glasgow and first studied art at the Glasgow School of Art. His talents as an artist were soon recognised and Gunn was fortunate to be sent to Académie Julian in Paris. It was during his time in France that Gunn developed his radical approach to compositional arrangements. His often stark palette of grey tones was used to heighten the dramatic placement of forms. As with this striking view of Pont Mirabeau in Paris, the physical location plays second fiddle to the technical structure of the composition, with only a brief visual reference to Le Trocadero on the horizon.
Gunn was a member of the Royal Academy, and in 1953/4 he was invited to paint Queen Elizabeth II in her Coronation robes, a picture that hangs in the Royal Collection to this day.