HARRY BECKER (1865-1928)

In conjunction with the Alde Valley Spring Festival
Exhibition of watercolours and drawings by Harry Becker (1865-1928)
www.aldevalleyspringfestival.co.uk
we are featuring this Group

Harry Becker’s move from London to Wenhaston in 1913 marked the definitive turning point in his career. No longer would East Suffolk be just for summer painting; he had decided to commit himself to recording the entire, hard, rural round; up at dawn to be out with the farm workers as they began their seasonal labours, and with them throughout their day.

The realist subject matter into which he had been schooled as a 14 year old pupil of the peasant painter Verlat at Antwerp’s Royal Academy and the painterly skills he had mastered as a 19 year old pupil of Carolus Duran in Paris in 1884 finally, after many frustrations and struggles, found mature expression during the last 15 years of his life with his inimitable drawn and painted record of the final days of an ancient rural, farming system and of a countryside he deeply loved.

Adrian Bell’s novel ‘Corduroy’ (1930) is a wonderful accompaniment to Becker’s work.

Provenance
 Mrs Harry Becker to Nico Loftus, to his wife Prue Loftus, and by descent.
All the works in this exhibition are stamped verso ‘Harry Becker / Loftus Coll.’

We have float mounted these works to show the whole sheet and drawing.
However, should anyone prefer a work clipped by the mount, as shown below, this can easily be done (on us).

WE ALSO HAVE IMPRESSIONS OF EACH OF THE 44 BECKER PRINTS REMAINING IN THE LOFTUS COLLECTION – CLICK HERE