Small Head of Jean [Jean Esme Oregon Cooke – Mrs John Bratby – 1927-2008]

John Bratby (1928 - 1992)

Oil on board

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  • About the work
  • About the artist
    John Bratby was born in London and studied at Kingston School of Art (1948 -1950) and the Royal College of Art (1951). His first solo exhibition was held in 1954 at the Beaux Arts Gallery in London. This show and another at the Royal Academy that year, launched his professional career. Bratby was associated with ‘Kitchen Sink’ painting, a brand of 1950s English realist painting. Along with Jack Smith, Edward Middleditch and Derrick Greaves, Bratby represented Britain at the 1956 Venice Biennale. Their figurative, unheroic depictions of everyday life antithesised the élitism of abstraction and Neo-Romanticism. Bratby was elected an RA in 1971 and the National Portrait Gallery held a retrospective of his work in 1991.
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    Cooke, Jean Esme Oregon (Mrs John Bratby)
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    Materials & Techniques
    board, oil, oil painting
  • Details
    Title
    Small Head of Jean [Jean Esme Oregon Cooke – Mrs John Bratby – 1927-2008]
    Date
    Medium
    Oil on board
    Dimensions
    height: 30.50 cm, width: 26.50 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from Beaux Arts Gallery, October 1954
    Inscription
    none visible
    GAC number
    2873