Alfred Wallis was born in 1855 and died in a workhouse in Cornwall in 1942. A fisherman, sailing from Newlyn, Mousehole and St Ives, he began to paint in the 1920s - strange, brilliant pictures of ships and the sea. In 1928 he was discovered in St Ives by Ben Nicholson and Christopher Wood and for the rest of his life, alone in his tiny cottage, attacked by periods of madness, he painted furiously. In "Matisse's War", Peter Everett explored the psyche of one of the most celebrated painters of our age. Here he performs a similar feat for another artist, one who knew no fame in his lifetime but whose paintings have found vast popularity since his death.
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(198mm x 129mm x 10mm)
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
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Alfred Wallis was a sailor-turned-painter whose ship paintings on cardboard and wood are now reproduced on posters - although in his own lifetime he was known to only a small circle of art aficionados. This raw, vivid and deeply moving novel portrays him living in St Ives in Cornwall like a castaway, forever marooned among his memories of the sea and its drowned, beset by poverty and malice. Everett inhabits the artist's wavering mind with flawless empathy, while offering a thoroughly credible portrait of a small seafaring community. An unforgettable work of fiction. (Kirkus UK)
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