St Ives and Provincetown, 2 November - 22 December 2017
Two Points Atlantic: St Ives and Provincetown
Wilhelmina BARNS-GRAHAM (1912 – 2004)
View of St Ives, 1940 Oil on canvas 25 x 30 ¼ inches / 63.5 x 76.5 cm
Provenance: The Barns Graham Trust
Recently rediscovered and restored, this painting of rooftops in St Ives, with the harbour and the island beyond is a wonderful, early evocation of the central feature of her new home. She would again and again draw and paint the harbour and its environs. Contemporary photographs record her working at her easel in the streets of St Ives. Here, her vantage point was Tregenna Terrace, high above the town. The simplification of forms and textural approach to mark making, together with the paleness of palette in the foreground, darkening in the island and the sea, suggest the sharp penetrating lights of Cornwall, so reminiscent of that of her native St Andrews.