Harold Gilman

The Artist’s Mother

c.1913

Not on display

Artist
Harold Gilman 1876–1919
Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 610 × 505 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1943
Reference
N05555

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Gilman painted a series of portraits of his mother, to whom he was very close. This one was probably painted at the Rectory in Snargate, where his father was Vicar. The decorative wallpaper in the background is used by Gilman as a contrast to his painting of the figure, and such papers often feature prominently in his work. At the small art school he opened with Ginner in 1916, Gilman would habitually set models in front of a screen covered with boldly-patterned wallpaper.

Gallery label, September 2004

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