Stanislawa De Karlowska

Fried Fish Shop

c.1907

On display at Tate Britain

Artist
Stanislawa De Karlowska 1876–1952
Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 337 x 394 mm
frame: 440 x 496 x 72 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the artist's family 1954
Reference
N06238

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De Karloswka’s art was based on her native Polish tradition and on her training at the Académie Julien in Paris. She came to Britain in 1897 after marrying an English artist, Robert Bevan, and joined the circle of people who were trying to modernise British art. In this painting de Karlowska takes the kind of subject that progressive British artists were exploring, and invests it with a poetical quality associated with French intimiste artists such as Edouard Vuillard. Enigmatic figures bustle out of the shadows into the welcoming light, giving everyday city life an air of mystery.

Gallery label, February 2016

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