X
3
ok
View My Favorites
Jack-Vettriano-Paintings.org >> Jack Vettriano >> Singing Butler

Singing Butler Painting by Jack Vettriano

Add to Favorites Comment Report                               Hand Painted by Teachers & Professors!
Singing Butler Oil Painting
Keywords: Singing Art   Butler Painting  

Buy Jack Vettriano Artwork Singing Butler

Procedures: Choose Work > My Cart > Submit Order > Get Email Support > Payment > Shipment
1. Choose Size, Art Type, and QualityPainting Price: US$0.00
(1) Size inch (2) Painting Type  (3) Select Quality Grade  Price US$
0.00

* 1 inch=2.54cm; custom order of special size is available.

* Please click "?" if you have question.

2. Stretch / Mount It  Yes    No Stretching Cost: US$0.00

The painting Vettriano will be ready to hang after stretching.

stretched oil painting
3. Frame It      Framing Cost: US$0.00

You may click "Big Image of Framed Art" to see details.

4. Subtotal Subtotal: US$0.00
To order a handmade reproduction of this Vettriano painting, please click "Add to Cart".
To collect the original work, please contact us. We will help you connect with its owner.
Note: not each of original Vettriano paintings are for sale, and the prices will be expensive. You may check auctions records at top of the page.
Jack Vettriano artwork

Singing Butler - Vettriano Paintings for Sale

The Singing Butler
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Singing Butler is an oil-on-canvas painting made by Scottish artist Jack Vettriano in 1992. It sold at auction in 2004 for £744,800, which was the record at the time for any Scottish painting, and for any painting ever sold in Scotland.[1] Reproductions of The Singing Butler make it the best-selling art print in the UK.[1]

The painting measures 28 inches (710 mm) by 36 inches (910 mm). It depicts a couple dancing on the damp sand of a beach on the coast of Fife, with grey skies above a low horizon. To the left and right, a maid and a man hold up umbrellas against the weather. The dancers wear evening dress: a dinner jacket and a red ball gown; the woman also wears long red gloves but appears to have bare feet. The butler is also formally dressed, while the maid wears a white apron and clutches her hat.

As a contemporary cultural icon, The Singing Butler has been compared to Grant Wood's American Gothic. Vettriano has described the painting as an "uplifting fantasy" and chose the subject after being complimented on his paintings of beaches. He added the servants to balance the composition. His work has been widely criticised by art critics, but is popular with the public. The Singing Butler has been criticised for its uneven finishing, inconsistent lighting and treatment of wind, and for the odd position of the dancers. The dancers' pose is reversed from a normal closed dance hold. Usually, with the man leading, his left hand would hold the woman's right hand, and he would place his right hand on or below the woman's left shoulder blade, while she places her left hand on his right arm, just below the shoulder.

The original painting was sold at auction in August 2003 for £90,000, and then sold to a private collector in April 2004 for £744,800, a Scottish record at that time. After the painting was sold, it was reported that Vettriano had used an artists' reference manual, The Illustrator's Figure Reference Manual, as a basis for the figures (the female figure in the reference work is actress Orla Brady).[2][3] Vettriano retorts that Francis Bacon had the same book in his studio, and that Picasso said that some artists borrowed but he stole.

---------------------
The Singing Butler had been expected to fetch up to £200,000 at Sotheby's spring sale.

The most popular art print in the UK, the artwork sold for £90,000 when it was last auctioned in August.

It was one of 14 works by the Fife-born artist at the sale at Hopetoun House in West Lothian.


Auctioneers were left stunned when it sold to a mystery phone bidder.

"It was very exciting, it fetched massively over what was expected, we're thrilled," said a Sotheby's spokeswoman.

"It came down to two telephone bidders in the end, both were very determined.

"It is the record for any Scottish painting and for any painting ever sold in Scotland."

The sale has more than smashed the previous record for a Vettriano - an oil painting called Embracing sold for £98,000 last December.

Vettriano is acknowledged to be the UK's most popular artist.

His prints sell more than those by old masters such as Monet and Van Gogh, and his distinctive paintings are often reproduced on posters and postcards.

However, he has long felt snubbed by the arts establishment and Britain's leading art galleries have never displayed his work.

Jack Vettriano received an OBE last November
Vettriano's agent, Tom Hewlett, said his client felt vindicated by the auction, in which another 13 of his paintings sold for between £30,000 and £175,000.

He added that Vettriano's reaction to the sale was "a combination of embarrassment and delight".

"He's a modest, rather humble bloke who 15 years ago was completely and utterly unheard of."

Hewlett, who runs the Portland Gallery in London, said Vettriano's paintings had been offered to British national art collections but had been rejected.

"We have offered them to the museums and all have been dismissed," he said.

"I don't think the establishment can now ignore what has been thrust upon them.

"The critics have started to realise that the more they voice off in a rather elitist way, the bigger repercussion from the public [will be].

"There is a huge public out there that like looking at an image and like relating to it.

"There's nothing for the critic to explain, so they're out of a job."

Art critic, David Lee, editor of The Jackdaw magazine, said although he did not admire Vettriano, national collections should recognise excellence "wherever it alights on the artistic spectrum".


If we ran our public libraries like we run our public galleries, everybody would complain
David Lee
Art critic
"Here we have a very famous artist, none of whose works is in a national, regional or municipal collection, because he's popular and therefore the toffs and elitists don't buy him for our public collections," he said.

"If you have got a very popular painter like Vettriano, we ought to have an example of him, just as we ought to have an example of Gilbert and George."

He said there was a conspiracy between curators and museum directors not to buy popular artists like Vettriano.

"If we ran our public libraries like we run our public galleries, only buying Ulysses, instead of buying Jilly Cooper as well, everybody would complain," he said.

Kirkcaldy-born Vettriano, 52, left school at 16 to become a mining engineer in the local coalfields.

He taught himself to paint in a Fife bed-sit after his girlfriend bought him a set of watercolour paints for his 21st birthday.

His work came to prominence in an exhibition at the Royal Scottish Academy.

But his work has divided the critics and he does not currently feature in any of Scotland's national galleries.

Another version of the painting, Dancer in Emerald, omits the maid, while the female dancer wears a green dress. Both were included in Vettriano's first London exhibition, God's Children, at the Mall Galleries in October 1992. The original painting of The Singing Butler was displayed at Aberdeen Art Gallery in February 2012, the first public exhibition for 20 years.

-------------
The Singing Butler can be viewed at Aberdeen Art Gallery.

It is part of an exhibition entitled "From Van Gogh to Vettriano - Hidden Gems from Private Collections".

Vettriano's artwork became the most expensive painting by a Scottish artist when it sold for £750,000 eight years ago. The exhibition ends in April.

Other artists featured in the exhibition include Monet, Matisse and Lucian Freud and Scottish colourists Peploe and Fergusson.

The Singing Butler, which shows a couple dancing on a beach while a butler holds an umbrella over them, has been loaned to the gallery for the exhibition by a private collector in Scotland.

Sixty-year-old Vettriano grew up in Methil in Fife.

He is reported to sell more posters and postcards than any other artist in the UK.

The original canvas of The Singing Butler sold at auction in 2004 for £744,500.

In 1992 when Vettriano painted the picture and submitted it for inclusion in the Royal Academy summer show, it was rejected.

 

Comments on Jack Vettriano Work Singing Butler

No comments yet.
 
 
Post a comment
Her Secret Life
Her Secret Life Oil Painting

Her Secret Life

Blades II
Blades II Oil Painting

Blades II

Pincer Movement
Pincer Movement Oil Painting

Pincer Movement

Night Geometry
Night Geometry Oil Painting

Night Geometry

back of nude
back of nude Oil Painting

back of nude

not identified
not identified Oil Painting

not identified

yesterday s dreams
yesterday s dreams Oil Painting

yesterday s dreams

one moment in time
one moment in time Oil Painting

one moment in time

Date with Fate
Date with Fate Oil Painting

Date with Fate

setting new standards
setting new standards Oil Painting

setting new standards

the last great romantics
the last great romantics Oil Painting

the last great romantics

the sparrow and the hawk
the sparrow and the hawk Oil Painting

the sparrow and the hawk

artist and model
artist and model Oil Painting

artist and model

Oh Happy Days
Oh Happy Days Oil Painting

Oh Happy Days

Manof Mystery
Manof Mystery Oil Painting

Manof Mystery

Home  |   About AMA  |   Contact Us  |   Terms  |   Sell Your Vettriano's

Powered by Vettriano paintings.    Help You Sell and Buy Jack Vettriano Oil Painting!

Copyright © 2003 - .

Share Jack-Vettriano-Paintings.org