Yesterday’s Black Bough day trip consisted of a visit to Compton Verney in Warwickshire to see their Alfred Wallis and Ben Nicholson show. It’s a gem of an exhibition; tight, considerate and direct. The currency of Wallis’s work at the time was the interesting part for me; that his paintings were passed between other artists and, as in the Winifred Nicholson painting below, used as a prop. You just have to hope that he wasn’t exploited by this patronage.
It all made me want to visit Jim Ede’s house at Kettle’s Yard again, and also to see Wallis’s grave in St Ives with its Bernard Leach tiles.