Robert Bevan

The Cab Horse

c.1910

On display at Tate Britain

Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 635 x 762 mm
frame: 778 x 906 x 85 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the Trustees of the Duveen Paintings Fund 1949
Reference
N05911

Display caption

This picture was one of Robert Bevan’s four contributions to the first Camden Town Exhibition. It shows a horse having a blanket put over its back, between the shafts of a hansom cab. Bevan has used an anti-realist palette – the horse is violet-blue – and this was much remarked upon by critics. The use of vivid colour to suggest mood, atmosphere or emotion was characteristic of the post-impressionist painting of Van Gogh and Gauguin and many of the Camden Town painters at this time.

Gallery label, February 2016

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