Reprint of the classic study of the life of the retired fisherman-cum-painter whose ‘primitive’ depictions of boats, harbours and St Ives houses brought him recognition of one of the most original British artists of the twentieth century. It tells how Wallis, who started painting only in his ’70s, was ‘discovered’ in the 1920s by artist Ben Nicholson and Christopher Wood and became an icon of the modernist movement in Britain.
Despite being the darling of the cognoscenti, Wallis died in a Penzance workhouse in 1942, and Sven Berlin’s passionate plea for the more sympathetic treatment of the old and the infirm, published in Cyril Connolly’s Horizon magazine shortly after Wallis’s death, is reproduced here for the first time.
245 x 185mm
10 colour and 37 black & white illustrations