Alfred Wallis The Blue Ship ?c.1934

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Artist
Alfred Wallis 1855–1942
Title
The Blue Ship
Date ?c.1934
Medium Oil paint on board on wood
Dimensions Support: 438 x 559 mm
frame: 528 x 646 x 46 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by H.S. Ede 1959
Reference
T00291
On display at Tate Britain
Exhibition: British Folk Art

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Alfred Wallis spent most of his working life as a fisherman but by the time he was discovered in St Ives by Ben Nicholson and Christopher Wood in 1928 he had become a rag and bone merchant. He began painting at the age of seventy to keep himself company. Wallis painted memories of deep sea fishing boats which were no longer in use. He also painted landscapes based on the surrounding area. Nicholson and Wood were impressed by the directness of Wallis's work, his use of irregular shaped pieces of cardboard as a support and ground, and the object-like quality of the paintings. The discovery of Wallis encouraged them to pursue further their adoption of a 'naive' vision.

September 2004

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