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Sam Haile (1909-1948)

Biography of surrealist painter and potter Sam TS Haile (1909-1948)

Sam (TS) Haile (1909-1948) was a potter and painter. He studied at The Royal College of Art and showed an early interest in Surrealism and in innovative artists like Picasso, Klee and Henry Moore.

Haile met the potter Marianne De Trey and they married in 1938. Night time was reserved for the interpretation of dreams and surrealist painting and the days for making and teaching pottery.

Haile made a number of visits to the French Alps with Marianne and there he made a series of watercolours that celebrate the scale and grandeur of the mountains and valleys.

Between 1940-1943, as pacifists, the Hailes moved to New York. In 1943, Haile was forced to join the US Army as a non-combatant, being transferred to the British Army at the end of that year. In 1947, the Hailes set-up shop at Dartington.

Sam Haile was killed in a road accident in 1948.

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Lot FS14/519: Sam Haile (1909-1948) - Giffre At Morillon, Haute Savoie

Sam Haile (1909-1948) - Giffre at Morillon, Haute Savoie - signed and dated Haile 1939 bottom right further signed, inscribed and dated 1939 on the reverse watercolour 49.5 x 60cm, unframed.

Estimate: £600 - £800
Realised: £600