Princeton University Library Catalog

The Alfred Wallis factor : conflict in post-war St Ives art / David Wilkinson.

Author:
Wilkinson, David (Bookseller) [Browse]
Format:
Book
Language:
English
Published/​Created:
Cambridge, United Kingdom : The Lutterworth Press, 2017.
Description:
xvii, 298 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Summary note:
Since his death in 1942, St Ives has become marinated in the spirit of the naïve painter, Alfred Wallis. Naum Gabo, the Russian Constructivist, felt that Wallis's gift as an artist was that he never knew he was one. His unconventional approach and the innocence of his personal method of making art marked Alfred Wallis, even after his death, as a crucial figure in the modernist movement. The art scene in St Ives during World War II is depicted vividly in The Alfred Wallis Factor which illustrates the birth of modernism in the small fishing port in the far south-west of England. With dominant personalities like Sven Berlin, Ben Nicholson, Barbara Hepworth, Adrian Stokes, Bernard Leach, Terry Frost, Peter Lanyon, Wilhelmina Barns-Graham and Patrick Heron, it was inevitable that personal relationships would both form and fracture. Though causes would range from the banal to the bizarre, David Wilkinson never loses focus of the high stakes for which these characters were playing: the creation of their work, and reputations, of lasting significance. Their passion was strong and their ambition even stronger.
Bibliographic references:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 285-287) and index.
Subject(s):
Form/​Genre:
Criticism, interpretation, etc
ISBN:
  • 9780718894979 (paperback)
  • 0718894979 (paperback)
OCLC:
1007675935
RCP:
C - S