Ethel Gabain: Life Studies1 - 28 Feb 2017 Ethel Gabain (1883-1950) learned lithography as a student at Central School of Arts and Crafts in London and it remained her principal medium in a long career. Also a painter and etcher, her work has recently attracted renewed interest for her achievements as an Official War Artist in the Second World War.
Her first lithographs were published in 1906 and two years later she took a studio in Paris to which she returned in 1911 before travelling to Italy and Switzerland. One of her early works The Striped Petticoat was illustrated in Hans W. Singer’s seminal Die Moderne Graphik, published in 1914, when she also had her first exhibition at Goupil Gallery. Colnaghi then became her dealers and exhibitions followed in Glasgow (1915), at Colnaghi (1920) and in Chicago (1920, 1921 and 1924).
After her marriage and the arrival of her two sons, her compositions were often set in her home in Hampstead and her sisters were frequently her models. Young women recur as her subjects and her vision shows an abiding interest in the feminine and the domestic. She explores the ambiguities of the female body and condition, be it in their youth, marriage, work, solitude or freedom. Her lithographs often express emotion, sometimes sadness, anxiety or loneliness. The women sometimes inhabit spaces that are vast and suffocating. In others, her figures appear bold, sometimes impertinent, and convey the impression of subjects feeling themselves to be free.
As an Official War Artist during the Second World War she was given the task of depicting British women workers. Her lithographs celebrate robust and determined women working together. Gabain was able to emphasise both their feminity and their bravery, grasping their personal emotion in the collective action.
Ethel Gabain’s emotional subtlety and technical brilliance are combined in images which are distinctive. Although she would have been quite surprised at the idea of being called a feminist artist, she was possibly one of the most insightful and important artists of her age.
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