Alfred Wallis and Ben Nicholson

26 March 2011 to 5 June 2011

At Compton Verney

The work of legendary naïve artist Alfred Wallis reflects both the Cornish port of St. Ives and a particularly exciting moment in British art history following his ‘discovery’ in 1928 by established artists Ben Nicholson and Christopher Wood. This exhibition explores Wallis’ unique vision and his influence on Nicholson’s work, focusing on paintings and drawings by the two artists dating from the late 1920s to the 1940s. Major loans from public collections will be seen alongside rarely seen works from private collections, and Compton Verney’s own important Wallis painting Schooner Approaching Harbour of c 1930.

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