Those who have read the blog for a while will know I love EFB. I am lucky enough to own an illustrated Tennyson which I talked about in these posts, and had possibly seen one or two of her works in real life, but on the whole had only experienced her pictures via books and the internet. Here is a chance to see a small but perfectly formed collection of her works in pen and ink, watercolour and oil. Who am I to refuse?
|John Byam Liston Shaw and EFB 1911/12|
|The Little Foot-Page (1905)|
This image, taken from a Scottish ballad 'Burd Helen', must be one of Brickdale's most famous works, and it is breathtaking in real life as the clarity and lushness of the colour is astonishing. You can almost feel her hair between her fingers as she disguises herself as a page, her look of desperation as she hurries to change her appearance.
|Time the Physician (1900)|
|Lady Macbeth (1901)|
|If One Could Have That Little Head of Hers (1909)|
|Guinevere (The Sombre Close of That Voluptuous Day) (1910-11)|
|June is Dead (1915)|
|Portrait of Winifred Roberts (1913)|
|Cupid Driving the Lovers (1913) Byam Shaw|
|The Forerunner (1920)|
The exhibition is brief but beautiful, a representative selection of her work, combining familiar with new gems, the chance to see paintings that you can only appreciate in the flesh and the chance to rediscover a female artist of some exceptional caliber The catalogue by Pamela Gerrish Nunn is reasonably priced and marvellously illustrated. Let's hope that Brickdale can become a regular part of the story so we can see more of her in future exhibitions. The exhibition runs until the 9th June and further information can be found here.
Oh, and please can we have a Byam Shaw exhibition soon please? His work is delicious.