Watercolours and Drawings from the Loftus Collection
Private View 6-9pm Tuesday 11th July 2017
The Exhibition continues through Thursday 31st August
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.’
NOTE: Nothing will be sold until the Exhibition opens at 6pm on Tuesday 11th July.
Harry Beckers’s move from London to Wenhaston in 1913 marked the definitive turning point in his career. No longer would East Suffolk just be 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 a countryside he deeply loved.
Adrian Bell’s novel ‘Corduroy’ (1930) is a wonderful accompaniment to Becker’s work.
In conjunction with this exhibition we will be illustrating impressions
of each of the 44 Becker prints remaining in the Loftus Collection.