Past Events

Philip Alexius de László: A Catalogue Raisonné in Progress

Research Lunch – Katherine Field

  • 10 June 2016
  • 12:30 – 2:00 pm
  • Seminar Room, Paul Mellon Centre

Hungarian-born portrait painter Philip de László recorded his first encounter with British art in a letter to his mentor Elek Lippich in 1898: “the treasures of London museums are deeply graved into my heart. Reynolds, Laurence, Watts, Gainsborough were great great portratists.“ This talk will explore the influence of these artists on his style and the resulting shift in patronage from Austro-Hungary west to England and America. There he found an audience eager to commission portraits that could be hung alongside these artists in their own collections and led to his permanent move to London in 1907.

All are welcome! However, places are limited, so if you would like to attend please book a place in advance.

About the speaker

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    Katherine is a native of Canada and moved to England to complete a Masters in Fine and Decorative Art at Sotheby’s Institute of Art. Since then she has curated exhibitions at the Foundling Museum and the V&A Museum of Childhood and has been a researcher in the commercial art world assisting two well-respected London dealers in Old Master and British Pictures. She joined the Philip de László Catalogue Raisonné team in 2011 and is the Senior Editor.