Published 23rd March 2012
The Surrealist potter and painter Sam Haile met Marianne de Trey and they married in 1938. Sam Haile was interested in the Surrealist work of contemporaries like Picasso, Klee and Henry Moore.
Haile's investigation and work on the interpretation of dreams produced some extraordinary oil paintings and watercolours but on a number of visits to the French Alps Haile produced a series of watercolours which celebrate the scale and grandeur of the mountains and valley landscape.
Haile and de Trey lived in New York between 1940-1943 and in 1947 the Hailes returned to Dartington where Leonard and Dorothy Elmhirst had established a centre for art and progressive education.
The Bearnes Hampton & Littlwood sale on 18th April 2012 includes a watercolour by Sam Haile of his exploration of the Alps titled Giffre at Morillon, Haute Savoie with provenance to the Private Collection of Marianne de Trey. The estimate for the watercolour is £600-£800.