Lot 109
Paul Lucien Dessau (British, 1909-1999), A Young Couple
Lot Details & Additional Photographs
Oil on Masonite, signed at lower right, presented in an attractive period gilt frame with silk liner.

Frame dimensions 20 3/4 x 17 3/8 in.

Paul Lucien Dessau was a London born artist. He began his career in the arts working for a commercial art studio before opening his own design studio with his brother. He furthered his studies with classes at the Hornsey School of Art and the Central School of Art and Design.

At the outbreak of World War II, Dessau joined the Auxiliary Fire Service, which became the National Fire Service in 1941. Numerous artists joined this group, and a firemen's artist committee was formed to support the work of its members. The committee organized exhibitions throughout England, including four exhibitions at the Royal Academy.

After the war, Dessau and his wife moved to the country. He was a sought after portrait artist and received many lucrative commissions.

Paintings by Dessau are found in numerous prominent private and public collections including the London Fire Brigade Museum, the Museum of London and the Yale Center for British Art.

Light surface grime; rubbing to perimeter of painting from framing, small paint flake to feathers above tricorn hat; minor rubbing and chipping to frame.