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Gerald Wilde

By Gerald Wilde


Publication Date: March 19, 2012 ISBN: 9780907791140 Categories: , ,

Gerald Wilde


Gerald Wilde was greatly admired by artists of his own generation such as Henry Moore and Graham Sutherland, as well as by artists of later generations such as Lucien Freud and Frank Auerbach. His patrons included Keneth Clark, Peter Watson and Tambimuttu.


This is the first retrospective publication devoted to the British abstract expressionist artist, Gerald Wilde. For the first time, it is possible to survey examples of his work from all his periods. After being sadly neglected during his life – in spite of the admiration felt for him by fellow artists – he is being given his rightful place.

The only abstract expressionist who emerged in England, he was a pioneer in painting technique. His early work is full of scenes of the London life he saw with great intensity. For many people, he was inextricably linked with Gulley Jimson, the painter-genius of Joyce Cary’s novel. In his last period, he was producing the most remarkable images of ideas as if seeing their energy directly.

This book contains twenty-eight color plates revealing the quintessence of Wilde’s art as well as forty-six illustrations.

The book has an Introduction by David Sylvester which gives testament to Wilde’s genius. There are essays by William Feaver, Flash Allen (aka Marie Harding), and Corinna MacNeice, all of whom knew him in his last years and have helped in the mounting of major exhibitions of his work.

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Weight 0.5 lbs
Dimensions 8.5 × 9.5 × .25 in
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Many now consider (Wilde) the outstanding painter of his generation (Sutherland, Piper) in England, and the only abstract expressionist produced.
John McEwen, Art in America

…The trapped in all of us can respond to these works because they strive for all release, and in our recognition of this and of the loneliness and sufferning involved, we think—however rashly—of the word genius.
John Berger, author Ways of Seeing

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