Saturday, January 25, 2014

Albert Wainwright: Three Portraits

 
Three images here by Albert Wainwright currently on display at The Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield. Although the two below are very typical of his paintings, and very beautiful and delicate paintings in their own right, it is the one above that I think shows an artist at the height of his powers: to attempt a portrait, and we must call it that because the sitter is known (Peter Wilkinson, 1923), in which the sitter's face is mostly obscured is really the sign of a confident and assured hand, and I'd be prepared to bet money that anyone who knew Peter Wilkinson in the 1920s would have recognised him instantly from this painting without having to see his face. The paintings below are a portrait of Daniel Gill (1930) and an unidentified male nude. (c.1930)
 
 
 
 


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