Nina Hamnett (Modern Women Artists #7)
Artist(s): Nina Hamnett
Author(s): Alicia Foster
Year published: 2021
Publisher: Eiderdown Books
Total Pages: 64
Illustrations: 21 colour illustrations, 9 black and white
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In Nina Hamnett, Dr Alicia Foster introduces us to the work of an artist whose creative achievements have – since her early death in 1956 – become overshadowed by tittle-tattle tales of her ‘wild’ bohemian lifestyle and veneration for the male artists who were her friends, teachers, lovers, and for whom she modelled (Roger Fry, Walter Sickert, Modigliani, Gaudier-Brzeska).
A selection of Hamnett’s still-lifes – several now lost or destroyed – are reproduced in full-colour in this mini-monograph and argue for Hamnett’s place in the modernist tradition. Her portraits of leading creatives of her day (Osbert and Edith Sitwell, Roger Fry) are striking, acerbic and important. Dr Alicia Foster’s easy-to-read and engaging essay foregrounds Hamnett’s paintings rather than her biography (the tittle-tattle, an early death, alcoholism, her love-life) and for the first time, this book brings together work from throughout the artist’s career in order for it to be evaluated on its own terms, and on an equal footing to her male contemporaries.
This book is published to coincide with the first exhibition of Nina Hamnett’s work in sixty years to be held at Charleston, former home of the Bloomsbury artists in East Sussex, from May 2021.