Claude Francis Barry (1883 - 1970)

Windsor, 1962, (cat 854)


SKU: 11016

Signed and dated ‚Äö√Ñ√¥62 on reverse; 

Exhibited United Society of Artists 1964. 

Height – 142.5cm
Width – 173cm

1 in stock


Private Collection

Barry’s lifelong exploration of the French Pointillist technique – separating colours into dots which form vibrant tones across the picture surface – make him one of the key exponents of this style in 20th century British Art. In his paintings of the First and Second World Wars, with their trademark searchlights over London, he created a powerful cycle of works, whose poignancy was transformed into joy in his subsequent glorious firework paintings celebrating the end of hostilities. In this example Barry has playfully used the patterned surface of the board to synthesis the effect  of his pointlilist technique.

 For Barry’s later works are characterised by bold fields of pure colour – an aesthetic preoccupation which allowed him to reconnect with the Post Impressionist paintings that he had experienced first hand, in their primary incarnation, during his student years at the turn of the century.

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Claude Francis Barry
Claude Francis
1883 - 1970

Much of Barry’s early life has been pieced together from letters found
his briefcase after his death. Also in the briefcase ‘ along with a
full passport and his battered old eye-shade ‘ was an unpublished
on painting. This is the source of his quoted pronouncements
on life and

1883 Claude Francis Barry born in England to British parents
1885 His
mother dies when he is two years old
1897 Goes to Harrow, leaves after
two years due to a nervous breakdown
1899 Travels to Italy with a doctor
– a drawing and painting tour
1900 Returns to England where Sir Alfred
East R.A tutors Barry
1906 First paintings accepted at Royal Academy.
Joins Royal Society of
British Artists
Exhibits at Royal Society of
Scottish Artists
Exhibits at Salon Des Artistes Francais
1909 Has a
daughter, Kathleen; 1910 Son Rupert is born; 1915 Second
daughter Sheila is
1915 R.A submissions show shift from narrative to
1916 Tutored by Frank Brangwyn. Barry begins
1917 Exhibits etchings with Royal Society of Scottish
1922 Leaves family in England and travels in France and Italy to

concentrate on etching
Exhibits at Paris Salon throughout 1920s and
Awarded Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals for his etchings in France
and Italy
Queen Mary, Neville Chamberlain and Mussolini are patrons of
Barry’s work
1927 Marries second wife Violet Gwendolyn
1939 Returns to St. Ives after storing
his etching plates in Milan
1940 Joins St. Ives Arts Club and befriends
Hepworth and Nicholson
Works in Alfred East’s old studio on Porthmeor
Returns to oil painting
1943 Paints wartime “blitz
paintings” in pointillist technique
1944 A US bomb explodes in Milan
destroying all his etching plates
1945 Holds last exhibition in St.
Ives and moves to Jersey
1946 Inherits title- third baronet of St.
Leonard’s Hill, Berkshire and
Keiss Castle, Caithnessshire
Second wife dies of cancer
1960s Barry moves in with friend Tom Skinner
and his family in Jersey
1968 Stops working and moves into a nursing home
in Kent
1970 Dies and leaves his remaining works to Tom Skinner

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Claude Francis Barry (1883 - 1970)
ICI FactoryMidnight oils, (535), 1959
Claude Francis Barry (1883 - 1970)
Girl on a pink rock, Bordighera
Claude Francis Barry (1883 - 1970)
We Shall Remember Them
Claude Francis Barry (1883 - 1970)
Elizabeth Castle at Sunset, 1945
Claude Francis Barry (1883 - 1970)
Palace of the Popes Avignon
Claude Francis Barry (1883 - 1970)
Victoire Feux dArtifices Moscow, VE Day 9th May 1945.
Claude Francis Barry (1883 - 1970)
Peace Night, 1919
Claude Francis Barry (1883 - 1970)
Monte Cassino, circa 1944
Claude Francis Barry (1883 - 1970)
The Heart of the Empire: Our Finest Hour, 1940