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A wonderful image with a vibrant palette and brushwork.
Anne Louise Falkner was the daughter of a Dorset vicar and the sister of the novelist and poet John Meade Falkner. After studying at the Slade, she became part of the first wave of St Ives artists that settled there in the early 20th Century. She exhibited throughout her life at the Royal Academy (1897, 1910, 1911), the Royal Institute of Oil Painters (1908-1912) and the Royal Society of British Artists (1893). She also exhibited in Paris at the Salon D'Automne and through this connection was elected to the Women's International Art Club where she exhibited from 1913-1922, alongside contemporaries such as Gwen John and Dame Laura Knight. Additionally, she had shows at the Baillie Gallery (a joint exhibition with her life long companion Florence Leslie Hervey) and at the Beaux Art Gallery (1926). A critic reviewing the latter, described her work thus,
"Miss Falkner has a special turn for horses and cattle, and some of her best pictures, reminding one a little of the work of the late Mr Robert Bevan, are concerned with them. Noon, ploughing teams in repose, is an excellent example. In it we see Miss Falkner's power of reducing the complexities of nature to a few tones of colour, so nicely related in their values that the effect of solidity is maintained..." The Times, 19/3/1926
Her work is held in several public collections including the British Museum, The V & A, The Southampton City Art Gallery and the Dorset County Museum.
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