The Blouse Factory
About the work
Ginner probably painted this work in Leeds while staying with Frank Rutter, the Director of Leeds City Art Gallery. Other studies of a textile factory by the artist, such as Machine Room (in the Cloth Workers’ Company Collection) and The Power Loom are believed to depict industrial sites in Leeds. In 1918 Ginner produced a larger-scaled oil painting, The Shell Filling Factory (National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa) depicting women working in a Midlands factory.
Produced while working as an Official War Artist during the First World War, The Blouse Factory is one of several works in which Ginner represented the vital role that women played in British industry, taking over jobs previously dominated by men. Subjects drawn from everyday life, urban and domestic, greatly appealed to the Fitzroy Street and Camden Town Groups, artistic circles both of which Ginner had joined in 1911 and 1914. Finding inspiration in everyday scenes, artists including Walter Sickert, Harold Gilman and Ginner took their cue from late French Impressionism and Post-Impressionism.
About the artist
Charles Ginner was born in Cannes, France, to Anglo-Scottish parents. He worked in an architect's office in Paris from 1899 to 1904 before studying painting at various institutions until 1908. In 1909 he visited Buenos Aires and held his first exhibition there, and late in that year he settled permanently in London. Ginner was a key member of the Camden Town Group founded by Walter Sickert and painted urban scenes of modern life in the metropolis. Ginner also worked as an Official War Artist during the Second World War.
Charles Ginner (1878 - 1952)
- The Blouse Factory
- Oil on canvas
- height: 61.00 cm, width: 74.00 cm
- Purchased from Mayor Gallery, January 1965
- br: C. GINNER
- T W Spurr; purchased from Mayor Gallery, January 1965
- GAC number