Philip Wilson Steer

The Church at Montreuil

1907

Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 502 x 610 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Owen Fleming 1953
Reference
N06141

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Montreuil is not far from Calais, and could be considered the nearest attractive French country town to Britain. Steer made painting expeditions there twice, and it was almost the only place abroad he visited. The purpose of the visit of 1907, when this view was painted, was to go on to Paris to see the memorial exhibition of Cézanne.

Gallery label, September 2004

Catalogue entry

N06141 THE CHURCH AT MONTREUIL 1907

Inscr. ‘P W Steer 1907’ b.l.
Canvas, 19 3/4×24 (50×61).
Presented by Owen Fleming 1953.
Coll: Purchased by Owen Fleming from the Goupil Gallery 1909.
Exh: Goupil Gallery, April–May 1909 (6).
Lit: MacColl, 1945, p.209.

Steer spent the summer of 1907 at Montreuil (Pas de Calais) with Fred Brown, W. C. Coles and Ronald Gray. A similar composition was shown at the Goupil Gallery in 1907 (canvas, 19 1/2×23 1/2 in.), which after belonging to J. G. Lyon was purchased by A. A. de Pass in 1923 and presented by him to Cape Town 1927.

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II

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