St Ives and British Modernism: The George & Ann Dannatt Collection
Author(s): Edited by Brandon Taylor
Year published: 13 June 2015
Publisher: Pallant House Gallery
Publisher Location: Chichester
Total Pages: 152
Illustrations: Illustrated throughout in colour and b&w
This title accompanies the exhibition St Ives & British Modernism: The George and Anne Dannatt Collection at Pallant House Gallery 13 June – 20 September 2015
Painters and sculptors of St Ives and other locations on the Cornish peninsula made a vital contribution to British modernism in the post-war years, and today the development of their sensibility is reckoned among Britain’s finest international achievements. For more than half a century, between 1955 and 2009, two remarkable individuals, George and Ann Dannatt, devoted themselves single-mindedly to collecting the work of artists such as Patrick Heron, Terry Frost, Bryan Wynter, Peter Lanyon, Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, John Wells and Paul Feiler, as well as many others with St Ives connections such as William Scott, Robert Adams, Roger Hilton, John Tunnard and Alfred Wallis. In their later years the Dannatts extended their collecting to European artists in both figurative and abstract art, including Picasso, Laurencin, Gris, Arp, Soulages, Helion and Chillida.
At the same time as building a collection, George Dannatt established a career as an artist in his own right, exhibiting alongside many of the artists he knew and admired. Illustrated with a wide range of works from the Dannatt and other collections, together with fascinating archival material, this book presents a view of British post-war modernism from the point of view of those most closely involved.