The Shining Sands: Artists in Newlyn and St Ives 1880-1930

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This is the remarkable story of the colony of artists who were inspired by the people, landscape and light of West Cornwall. Now internationally celebrated, they are forever to be associated with the small fishing ports of Newlyn and St Ives. Arriving from the artists’ colonies of France, the Barbizon and Pont-Aven, and the painting schools of London and Paris, they set up their studios in the cottages and net lofts overlooking the sea. Here they painted; their subjects centred on the working life and conditions of the people they lived amongst, and the stark beauty of the rugged Cornish landscape. Challenging the accepted styles of the Victorian masters, their bold work, full of light and colour, often drew upon the working life of the fishermen and their families, recording the tragedies and simple pleasures of their lives. In The Shining Sands, Tom Cross records the life and work of these artists, from the earliest arrivals in the 1870s through to the decade preceding the Second World War. In this period the artists’ colony grew into one of the most significant art movements of recent times, the influences of which directly inspired the post-war ‘modern’ movements, and which reverberate even today. The Shining Sands includes almost 100 colour pictures, and 200 images in all, produced by such artists as Walter Langley, Frank Bramley, Stanhope Forbes, Norman Garstin, Elizabeth Forbes, Lamorna Birch, Laura Knight, Ben Nicholson and Christopher Wood. The author describes the events and circumstances behind the making of many of the paintings, adding a further dimension to our appreciation of these fine works.

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Tom Cross trained at the Slade School in London and then spent two years travelling and painting in Italy and France on Rome and French government scholarships. On his return he worked in Wales as Assistant Director of the Welsh Arts Council and later became Senior Lecturer in Painting at Reading University. In 1976 he became Principal of the Falmouth School of Art, a post which he held until 1987.

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The pleasure of peeking over an artist's shoulder, watching intimate thoughts and random sketches take shape, is one satisfaction to be gained from these sketchbooks. Davis, whose semiabstract paintings are landmarks of modern art, spent extended stays in Gloucester, Mass., in 193233, drawing wharfs and boats. His underlying concern was what makes a good picture, and his answer had to do with how the artist selects accidental combinations from nature, how space is captured and defined. Three original sketchbooks are combined under one cover and reproduced in facsimile down to the most minute details, even to the front-cover label ("Property of Stuart Davis") bearing the artist's signature and handwritten address. These seascapes, interlocking shapes and geometric doodles, accompanied by pages of notes, may be of slight artistic value, but artists, students and scholars will find them of interest.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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