Britain’s Art Colony by the Sea

ISBN: n/a
Artist(s): Various
Author(s): Denys Val Baker
Format: hardback
Edition: First Edition
Year published: 1959
Publisher: George Ronald
Publisher Location: London
Total Pages: 96
Illustrations: Profusely illustrated

Artist(s) Biographies:


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Until Val Baker’s book, surprisingly little had been written about the art of St Ives. Written from the inside, and ‘as it happened’, this book is an intimate portrait of the artist community in perhaps its most celebrated period, the two decades following the Second World War. Traditional painting, epitomised by the glowing canvases of John Park and Charles Simpson, still flourished alongside the innovations of the modernist school led by Ben Nicholson and Barbara Hepworth and which brought international recognition. The crafts, too, featured in Val Baker’s book, from Bernard Leach’s celebrated pottery on the hill to innumerable smaller studios in St Ives and other locations in west Cornwall, along with locally made furniture, metalwork and textiles. The book’s re-publication today serves as a reminder of those heady days, profiling both the famous and the near-forgotten, set in their historical context by David Wilkinson’s introduction which shows how St Ives has continued to flourish, to the point at which art is now as vital as mining and fishing were in the past.

Condition: dust-wrapper price clipped, otherwise very good.  House in a protective mylar cover.


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