NOTES ON ART EXHIBITIONS.
The dozen or so vigorous young painters who form the “Camden Town Group” are now giving their third exhibition at the Carfax Gallery, Bury-street, St. James’s. Their common principles may be described as a belief in the pictorial possibilities of London and a certain toughness of quality which seems to proceed from a keen recognition of their duty towards paint. Roughly speaking, an artist has two duties – towards nature and towards his materials – and, contrary to the general belief, it is the last that is most often neglected. I cannot remember the exact words, but Vincent Van Gogh said it very well in one of his letters – you begin by fussing about being true to nature and end by being true to your palette “and nature results.” The truth is, I suppose, that nature will have none of your impudence about being true to her; get on with your job, and she responds.
How to cite
Charles Marriott, ‘Notes on Art Exhibitions’, in Evening Standard and St. James’s Gazette, 6 December 1912, p.10, in Helena Bonett, Ysanne Holt, Jennifer Mundy (eds.), The Camden Town Group in Context, Tate Research Publication, May 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/camden-town-group/charles-marriott-notes-on-art-exhibitions-r1104259, accessed 25 June 2019.