Robert Bevan

The Cab Horse

c.1910

Artist
Robert Bevan 1865–1925
Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 635 × 762 mm
frame: 778 × 906 × 85 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the Trustees of the Duveen Paintings Fund 1949
Reference
N05911

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This picture shows a horse having a blanket put over its back, between the shafts of a horse-drawn carriage, known as a hansom cab. Bevan uses an ‘anti-realist’ palette – the horse is violet-blue – which 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 Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890), Paul Gauguin (1848–1903) and many of the Camden Town painters. It was one of Bevan’s four contributions to the first Camden Town Exhibition.

Gallery label, October 2020

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