Philip Wilson Steer Girls Running, Walberswick Pier 1888–94

Artwork details

Artist
Philip Wilson Steer 1860–1942
Title
Girls Running, Walberswick Pier
Date 1888–94
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 629 x 927 mm
frame: 860 x 1170 x 95 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Lady Augustus Daniel 1951
Reference
N06008
Not on display

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Steer made many visits to Walberswick in Suffolk, where he had friends. He completed a number of paintings of the beach there that are among the most authentically Impressionist works produced in Britain. Here he captures the rich warmth of late afternoon sunlight but, unlike the French Impressionist Monet, he was just as interested in the figures as in their setting. Steer has reworked the dashed, broken colour of the paint surface extensively. The two girls were originally holding hands, and in their shadow they still are. This kind of picture was seen as uncompromisingly avant-garde. One critic in 1892 even described such works at the New English Art Club exhibition as 'evil'.

September 2004

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