Ethel Walker, 1861 - 1951. Artist
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Ethel Walker, 1861 - 1951. Artist about 1950
  • Scottish Art
This drawing by the young Polish artist Kratochwil shows Edinburgh-born painter Ethel Walker in her late eighties. Having moved to Surrey as a child, she became one of few female members of the New English Art Club. Although she exhibited with the group for many years, she soon parted with the stylistic tradition of the NEAC, working instead in a more Impressionist manner. Her subjects included flowers, interiors and seascapes, but Walker is best-known for her figure studies and portraits of women, which include a large number of subtle, tonal self-portraits. An interest in philosophy and religion added a Symbolist dimension to her work. Walker took her art very seriously, and her commitment was recognised when she was made a CBE in 1938 and a Dame in 1943.

Glossary Open

Impressionism

An influential style of painting that originated in France in the 1870s with artists such as Claude Monet, Pierre-August Renoir and Alfred Sisley. They were interested in capturing the changing effects of light, frequently exploring this through landscape scenes painted in the open air.

Symbolism

The representation of subjects or ideas by use of a device or motif to create underlying meaning. A literary and artistic movement that originated in France and spread through much of Europe in the late 19th century. There was no consistent style but rather an appeal to the idea of the artist as mystic or visionary and the desire to express a world beyond superficial appearances.

Impressionism, Symbolism

Details

  • Acc. No. PG 2993
  • Medium Pencil on paper
  • Size 25.00 x 18.80 cm
  • Credit Given by Marian Kratochwil, the artist, 1995