This Dark Country: Women Artists, Still Life and Intimacy in the Early Twentieth Century by Rebecca Birrell'A brilliant book ... A truly radical aesthetics fit for the twenty-first century at last!' - Therese Oulton '
[A] wonderful book. I am impressed and fascinated. It is beautifully written' - Celia Paul
This book is vital to mark some under estimated artists who where the wrong sex for true success, but make their mark in their own way.
One review I found wrote: 'Lemons gleam in a bowl. Flowers fan out softly in a vase. A door swings open in a sparsely furnished room. What is contained in a still life - and what falls out of the frame? For women artists in the early twentieth century, including Ethel Sands, Nina Hamnett, Vanessa Bell and Gwen John, who lived in and around the Bloomsbury Group, this art form was a conduit for their lives, their rebellions, their quiet loves for men and women. Gluck, who challenged the framing of her gender and her art, painted flowers arranged by the woman she loved; Dora Carrington, a Slade School graduate, recorded eggs on a table at Tidmarsh Mill, where she built a richly fulfilling if delicate life with Lytton Strachey. But for every artist we remember, there is one we have forgotten; who leaves only elusive traces; whose art was replaced by being a mother or wife; whose remaining artworks lie dusty in archives or attics. In this boldly original blend of group biography and art criticism, Rebecca Birrell brings these shadowy figures into the light and conducts a dazzling investigation into the structures of intimacy that make - and dismantle - our worlds.' written by Kathryn Hughes for the Guardian
I am a professional painting artist, with a passion for space, freedom, colour and balance - constantly pushing forward to express more of what I see and feel visually.