W. Barns-Graham: A Studio Life
Artist(s): Wilhelmina Barns-Graham
Author(s): Lynne Green
Year published: 2012
Publisher: Lund Humphries
Publisher Location: London
Total Pages: 244
Illustrations: Includes 191 colour and 41 b&w illustrations
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British abstract painter Wilhelmina Barns-Graham (1912-2004) played a key role in the development of modern abstract art in Britain. This new paperback edition of Lynne Green’s classic monograph completes the story of the artist’s life and work with a new coda covering Barns-Graham’s final years, drawing for the first time on the artist’s personal diaries and notebooks.
In what is an important contribution to the history of British art, Lynne Green examines the importance of Barns-Graham’s national tradition and of her teachers at Edinburgh School of Art, particularly the Scottish Colourists William Gillies and John Maxwell. Barns-Graham’s developing commitment to abstraction is discussed in detail: never afraid to experiment, her work is revealed as embodying many of the issues central to post-war abstract art.