Last Supper

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Philip Le Bas was born in Bordeaux. His mother was French and his father from the Channel Islands. The family were wine growers and his cousin, Sir Edward le Bas, was an eminent English Impressionist painter. Following service in the RAF during the war, Philip studied painting at the Regent Street Polytechnic (1948–1951) and at Brighton College of Art (1951–1952). A Roman Catholic, he was commissioned to paint the Stations of the Cross in the church of Our Lady of the Visitation in Greenford, Middlesex. In the 1950s art students automatically used oils. When Le Bas started painting professionally he chose subjects that glowed with shiny reflections and found that he was much happier with the rich colours and smooth gloss effect of enamel paints.

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Last Supper


oil on hardboard


H 121 x W 87.2 cm

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acquired with the assistance of a Gulbenkian Trust Grant, 1963

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P.Le Bas


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