Innocent Eye


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Innocent Eye: Primitive and naive artists in Cornwall
Marion Whybrow

The author contrasts ‘primitive’ and ‘naïve’ painting through the life and work of two of Cornwall’s uniquely distinctive artists.  With his fiercely unsophisticated paintings
the near-illiterate mariner Alfred Wallis became the unlikely darling of the 1930s modernists grouped around Ben Nicholson, while Bryan Pearce’s serene, naively crafted depictions of St Ives have also taken their place in the pantheon of twentieth-century British art.

A chapter on the self-taught Mary Jewels throws new light on the life of a much neglected artist, first encouraged by Cedric Morris and later collected by Augustus John. There are brief profiles of another dozen artists whose individual visions have enriched the life of this celebrated artists’ community.

ISBN 978-1-900178-96-9
235 x 185mm
160 pages
24 colour and 112 black & white illustrations