How Come no one here in the US has ever heard of Stanhope Forbes? Or Elizabeth Adela Stanhope Forbes, his wife and fellow artist?
Is there just too much art in the world that it is impossible to acknowledge all of it? Or to mount museum shows?
His work and that of his wife is in the Liverpool Museum and in the Science Museum in London and still comes up for auction at galleries in the UK for pretty good prices — how about L107,000!
But still these auctions are not the BIG TIME — his work was part of an auction entitled “Victorian and British Impressionism”. Somehow British Impressionism, like American Impressionism, isn’t quite the same as Impressionism per se , which is, of course French Impressionism.
In some ways, this connection between the word Impressionism and France is deserved. The name for this school of art came from a work of art by Monet with his painting, “Impression: Sunrise” which led to French art critic to use the term Impressionism for Monet and a slew of others.
But others — the Americans and the British — always have that “qualifier” in front.
Here’s some paintings by the Stanhope Forbes’.