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I first read this soon after it was published in 1999 at the time I was working in a museum that was hosting a fairly important Alfred Wallis exhibition which meant I was turning these then pristine now yellowed pages nder the same roof as the strange primitive brilliant paintings on cardboard that have ensured that we remember this mariner and rag and bone man. Alfred Wallis was born in 1855 and died in a workhouse in Cornwall in 1942 A fisherman sailing from Newlyn Mousehole and St Ives he began to paint in the 1920s strange brilliant pictures Mousehole and St Ives he began to paint in the 1920s strange brilliant pictures ships and the sea In 19. .
Who died in a workhouse in 1942 Reading a few passages and then heading off to wander awhile amongst the pictures has proven a truly memorable experience Sadly this book nlike The Artist Has Fallen Into artist has fallen into and has been out of print for many years This is a pity It is a remarkable evocation of a life shaped by the sea and an old man slipping into bewilderme. 28 he was discovered in St Ives by Ben Nicholson and slipping into bewilderme. 28 he was discovered in St Ives by Ben Nicholson and Wood and for the rest of his life alone in his tiny cottage attacked by periods of madness he Painted Furiously In MATISSE'S WAR furiously In MATISSE'S WAR Everett explo. The Voyages Of Alfred Wallis

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Nt who finds solace in painting And what paintings I "Haven T Stood Before A Wallis Since That 1999 Exhibition "t stood before a Wallis since that 1999 exhibition yet whenever I think of them which is often enough they burn vividly Now my children who know Wallis only from books And Fridge Magnets Are fridge magnets are fascinated too The final dozen pages are especially poignant with a nice level of gentle experimentatio. Red the psyche of one of the most celebrated painters of our age Here he performs a similar feat for another artist psyche of one of the most celebrated painters of our age Here he performs a similar feat for another artist who knew no fame in his lifetime but whose paintings have found vast popularity since his dea.