Robert Bevan: Pont-Aven to Camden Town

28 March - 19 April 2012

Robert Bevan (1865-1925) occupies a central position in the development of Modern British art. He was involved in many of the British avant-garde artist groups of the time, including the Allied Artists’ Association, the Fitzroy Street Group and the more well-known Camden Town Group.

Bevan was one of the first British artists to study in Paris, at the Académie Julian, and went on to work in Pont-Aven in the early 1890s, where he knew Gaugin and Renoir.

In 1897 Bevan married the artist Stanislawa de Karlowska in Poland. The couple set up home in Hampstead and Bevan would go to the country each summer for extended periods. Besides being an artist, Bevan was a keen horseman, and horses were the subject of many of his works.

His first one-man exhibition was staged at the Baillie Gallery, Bayswater in 1905, when he was 40 years old. A second show was staged in 1908 when the gallery had relocated to Baker Street. The Morning Post’s critic wrote of his Hansom Cab paintings in the first Camden Town Group exhibition in 1911 as ‘the most arresting... in design and colour... They will undoubtedly repel you at first unless you have been through the Paris Art Salon cure.’

 

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