In Gloucestershire

Gilman, Harold

An artist recorded in the ‘Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists’ as ‘one of the most gifted English painters of his generation’. Born in Somerset, the second son of the Rev. John Gilman, Harold Gilman began studies at Brasenose College, Oxford but had to leave after one year owing to ill health. After tutoring a family in Odessa for a year, he decided to become a painter. He spent a year at Hastings Art School, then attended the Slade School from 1897 to 1901. In 1906 he became a member of Sickert’s Fitzroy Street circle and a founder member of the Camden Group.  Gilman was elected the first President of the London Group when that was formed to bring in a wider range of artists. In 1910, he was deeply moved on seeing the Manet and the Post-Impressionists exhibition in London and his feelings for their art are reflected in his brilliant colours and simplification of planes. Gilman was deemed unfit for military service in World War I. He taught at the Westminster School of Art in 1915. In 1916 he went to Sapperton in Gloucestershire, where he made a number of paintings of trees and woods, using heightened colours. Sadly, Gilman’s life was cut short at the age of forty-six by the influenza epidemic that followed the First World War.  His work is represented in London (Tate), Manchester (Whitworth), Ottawa and Yale. In Gloucestershire was acquired by the LACF in 1944.

Gilman

Oil on canvas

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