Richard Weisbrod (1906 – 1991), unsigned
Title and date: Winter Landscape, mid-century
Size of picture: 31.5 by 18.5 ins.
Description: a vivid, colourful and textured oil on board in very good condition in a silvered metal frame.
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Born in Switzerland into a wealthy and long-established silk manufacturing family, Richard Weisbrod was a member of various silk associations and contributed to the development of new silk production processes. He settled in Lancashire in 1932 and as a self taught artist, he became a central and key figure in the emerging Manchester art scene of the post-war years.
He joined the Manchester Academy of Fine Arts and held his first solo exhibition at the Mid-Day Studios, Manchester in 1949. He later showed at the Leger Gallery, 1950 and the Crane Gallery, Manchester 1952. He showed at the Royal Academy before moving to live in Switzerland with his wife the painter José Christopherson. He moved comfortably amongst artists, and close friendships included with Margo Ingham, L.S.Lowry, Theo Major, Ned Owens and Andras Kalman. Richard enjoyed visiting countries especially France, where the strength of the sunlight helped him paint dramatic scenes.