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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