Alfred Wallis

Alfred Wallis

Alfred Wallis

Alfred Wallis was born on August 18, 1855, in England. After his mother’s death, they moved to Cornwall, where Alfred graduated from high school and worked as a fisherman. In 1876, at the age of 20, he married a 41-year-old woman and took care of her five children. To make more money, he engaged in fishing on industrial ships in the ocean.

Alfred returned to his family after the death of his two babies and stopped fishing in the ocean. He started a small shop and traded in fishing and navigation equipment. After his wife died in 1922, Alfred began painting for the first time, and according to him, he chose painting as his companion.

Alfred never took any painting classes and learned painting entirely on his own. His roles were empty of dimension and with an apparent magnification of his preoccupations. His work was discovered in the early 1930s, making him one of Britain’s most active artists at the time. However, Alfred continued to live in poverty, and his work, although critically acclaimed, did not sell well. Alfred lived in poverty all his life and died in poverty at home at the age of 87.

Two artists Christopher Wood and Ben Nicholson took a day trip to St Ive’s. There, they found Wallis’s cottage and his paintings of ships and houses nailed to the walls. They found a directness of vision and a natural sense of rhythm and color in Walli’s works, which were untrammelled by fashion or academic preconceptions.



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