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Victor Hume Moody:
The Day War Broke Out , Mom 1939
Framed (ref: 5439)
Signed, dated and inscribed with title on canvas return
Oil on canvas
13 1/2 x 14 1/2 (34.5 x 37 cm)
Exhibited: WW2 - War Pictures by British Artists, Morley College London, 28 October -23 November 2016, cat 89.
Literature: WW2 - War Pictures by British Artists, Edited by Sacha Llewellyn & Paul Liss, July 2016, cat 89, page 133;
Patrick Elliot & Sacha Llewellyn; True to Life, British Realist Painting in the 1920s & 1930s, July 2017, ISBN 978 1 911054 05 4, Cat. 63, page 108.
Towards the end of the ’30s Moody's career was gathering momentum and in 1939 he was given a one person exhibition at the Goupil Gallery which featured most of the important compositions as well as a group portrait commissioned for the Malvern Literary Festival. Individual sitters included George Bernard Shaw, J.B. Priestley and Ernest Thesiger.
In 1940 Moody’s painting simply titled ‘Nude’, also known as ‘The Bellini Nude’ (Cat. 5), was initially hung on the line at the R.A. but was later re-hung in another part of the building when the gallery suffered bomb damage. At this time ‘Youth is Nimble’ was missing somewhere in France having been sent to the Paris Salon for the 1939 exhibition, only to be returned after the war.
The approaching war also had a more direct effect on his work, prompting Moody to paint a small number of unusually topical subjects. ‘The End Of Summer’ and ‘Europa and the Powers’, both bought by Lord Fairhaven from the Royal Academy, and ‘The Return of the Hunting Goddess’ all make veiled reference to the approaching conflict and the eventual restoration of peace.
We are grateful to Stephen Whittle for assistance.