The Golden Dream: A Biography of Thomas Cooper Gotch
Artist(s): Charles Cooper Gotch
Author(s): Pamela Lomax
Year published: 2004
Publisher: Samson & Company
Publisher Location: Bristol
Total Pages: 192
Illustrations: Illustrated Throughout in Colour and Black and White.
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T C Gotch was the most individualistic member of the Newlyn art colony, a remarkable painter of great vision and founder member of the New English Art Club, where he a great friend of Whistler. But when divisions occurred in the NEAC, he favoured Newlyn realism to the impressionism of the London-based members.
By the mid-1890s, Gotch had found his artistic bearings, refining his realism into a form of ‘imaginative symbolism’, painting elaborate, intensely detailed and yet dream-like paintings which one critic likened to a blend of Pre-Raphaelitism and the Italian Renaissance. His Pre-Raphaelite Alleluia of 1896 was acquired by the Tate. In the following decades, he painted glowingly textured portraits of children and young women which many consider his finest work.