Artist(s): Wilhelmina Barns-Graham
Author(s): Dr Virginia Button
Year published: 2020
Publisher: Sansom & Company
Publisher Location: Bristol
Total Pages: 112
Illustrations: Illustrated in colour throughout
The book offers both the non-specialist and specialist reader an accessible and affordable, concise introduction to the artist’s life and work, written by an established expert on British modern art. Alongside a biographical overview, shorter chapters explore key aspects of her work in more depth. Currently no such book on the artist exists.
Barns-Graham’s contribution to the story of ‘St Ives’ modernism has been relatively overlooked. The book provides an opportunity to assess her work as a woman artist in an overtly masculine, post-war art world milieu, and tells how, following early promise and success, she overcame personal and professional challenges in mid-career to achieve recognition at the end of her life.
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