Alfred Wallis: Cornish Primitive - Edwin MullinsLondon: Pavilion Books, 1994, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper rubbed at the top corners of both panels. Previous owners' name to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight otherwise.
Contains: Colour plates; 2-column text;
From the cover: “Afred Wallis, a semi-literate Cornish rag-and-bone man, began to paint at the age of seventy after his wife’s death, ‘for company’ as he put it. Seventeen years later, in 1942, he died in a workhouse near Penzance. By then his achievements had been recognized by a mere handful of painters and writers involved in the St Ives artistic scene, and but for their patronage next to none of his pictures would have survived.
Wallis’ work is exceptional. Completely self-taught and painting from ‘memery’, his canvases portray the simple life of the then small fishing village of St Ives,- the sea, the sky, boats, lighthouses — these were the fundamentals of his life. His style reflects this simplicity, a style which was regarded as ‘childlike’ in its day, but has since been reassessed by art critics, establishing Alfred Wallis as one of the most interesting and original artists of the English twentieth century.
This book is a long overdue tribute to Wallis’ work. It includes thirty-seven full colour plates of his most striking paintings, with informative captions.”