I know about Cornwall. If for no other reason, it is the setting for Poldark, currently on Masterpiece Theatre in its second incarnation. I watched the first version and loved it and we are watching the second version, and loving it.
I vaguely knew that Cornwall was a center of artistic creation, particularly for painters who liked to paint “plein air” (outside). This makes sense, of course, since Cornwall is much warmer than the rest of Britain, with parts of it so warm that there are a number of sub-tropical gardens in the area. Here’s a picture of one.
Note the palm tree in the back!
I recently came across a website for Penlee House, a gallery and museum in Penzance, that specializes in paintings from the Newlyn School. This group of diverse artists painted from the 1880’s to the 1940’s centered around Newlyn, a port and fishing center, just south of Penzance. I love some of this work, particularly that of Harold Harvey and Laura Knight (or should I say, Dame Laura Knight).
Harvey’s life (1874-1941) was almost perfectly aligned with the Newlyn School’s existence. I just love this painting of Tulip Gatherers, one of his most famous.
I love the color, but mostly I love the angle with the women in the foreground and the bay in the back. It is fore-shortened, which has some kind of special appeal for me.
Here’s a couple of paintings by Laura Knight.
They are scenes from a clay pit and there is also a sense of perspective in both paintings that I find very appealing.
Dame Laura, who lived from 1877 to 1970, did some amazing paintings and drawings during World War II and immediately after. She was an official war painter and was sent to Nuremberg to record the trials. Here’s one of the paintings she did from there.
Very evocative of both the trial and the destruction of war.