Meredith Frampton – Marguerite Kelsey (1928)

Born into an affluent, artistic family, British painter Meredith Frampton is known today for his highly polished, neoclassical portraits. His attention to detail was extraordinary, both a blessing and a curse, as he would often spend a whole year working on a single painting. In 1928 Frampton depicted the 1920s woman in the person of…

Lucian Freud – Boy Smoking (1950 – 1951)

Lucian Freud (1922 – 2011) was a British painter, specializing in figurative art. Born in Berlin in a Jewish family, the grandson of Sigmund Freud, his family fled for London when he was 11 years old to escape the Nazis’ persecution. He is best known for his very realistic unsettling nudes that offer a sense…

Barbara Hepworth – Pelagos (1946)

One of the few female sculptors during her time to achieve international recognition, Barbara Hepworth (1903 – 1975) was a modern English artist and a leading figure of her generation. The story of her art revolves around St Ives, a seaside town in Cornwall,  where she moved in 1939 alongside her husband, artist Ben Nicholson,…

John Atkinson Grimshaw – Boar Lane, Leeds by Lamplight (1881)

John Atkinson Grimshaw (1836 – 1893) was an English Victorian era painter, influenced by the pre-Raphaelites. His works depicted eerie landscapes and moonlit urban scenes from big cities like London, Liverpool, Leeds, Glasgow. A self-taught artist from Yorkshire, he gave up his job as a clerk at the Great Northern Railway when he was 24…