This picture was one of Robert Bevan’s four contributions to the first Camden Town Exhibition. It shows a horse having a blanket put over its back, between the shafts of a hansom cab. Bevan has used an anti-realist palette – the horse is violet-blue – and this 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 Van Gogh and Gauguin and many of the Camden Town painters at this time.
Gallery label, February 2016
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