Artist:         Arnold van Praag. (1926-2020)

Title:          'The Painter'

Date:          1982

Medium:   Oil on canvas.

Size:           47cm x 37cm

Details:      Signed on the stretcher        

Arnold van Praag (1926-2020)

  • A super find. This portrait by Arnold van Praag is titled 'The Painter' It was executed in 1982 and offered as a prize in a Camberwell Art School raffle by way of raising funds for his students. Van Praag was a tutor there at the time. The piece depicts an artist at work sat behind a table. Van Praag conducted a series of Artists portraits around this time or possibly, a self portrait.


    Acquired from a private collection and housed in it's original Artist's (scratch) frame. Signed and dated on the back along with a label explaining the paintings connection with Camberwell. 


    Arnold van Praag was born in London, England in 1926 and trained at the Slade School of Fine Art (1953-57), winning a scholarship. His peers included Michael Andrews, Victor Willing, Euan Uglow and Craigie Aitchison. His first solo exhibition comprising drawings was held at the ICA in 1963 and his second, held at Roland, Browse and Delbanco Gallery in Cork Street, London, in 1965, sold out before it opened. Two years later he participated in the Whitechapel Art Gallery's major exhibition The Face of Man. Van Praag pursued a distinguished teaching career, becoming a Lecturer in Painting, then Head of Painting at Hertfordshire College of Art and Design, then Visiting Tutor in painting at Camberwell School of Art (1975-91), when he retired to work full time in his Cambridge studio. His work addresses aspects of everyday life executed in a vivid, painterly style with links to German Expressionism. In 2016, a selection of Arnold van Praag’s work was exhibited at the Redfern in 'Arnold van Praag at 90'. Arnold van Praag died in Cambridge, England in 2020. His estate is represented by the Redfern Gallery.