Mary Newcomb, born in England in 1922, gives unconventional meaning to the description 'country artist'. Fed by a highly individual and often humorous view of the rural world around her, her paintings and drawings, like visual poems, blend observation, memory and metaphor. This fully illustrated monograph, the first to be published on the artist, introduces Mary Newcomb's universe through over 160 full-colour reproductions. Her paintings and drawings are set alongside extracts from her Diary and an illuminating text by Christopher Andreae. Christopher Andreae's text is based on conversations and correspondence with the artist as well as close study of her Diary, paintings and drawings. It considers the relation of Newcomb's work to so-called 'naive' painting and to naturalist artists and writers, and analyses the unique self-taught 'language' of her art.
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Alfred Wallis animals Artist unknown Avery background bee died beetles birds blue boat butterflies canal lock canvas Plate centre century Clare cockerel colour countryside Crane Kalman Gallery crayon Plate creatures cycling madly cyclist D. H. Lawrence depiction detail Diary entry Diary note dragonfly eating the roses Ennion feel field figures Flatford Mill Flordon flowers garden Giorgio Morandi Girl goldfinches green Guyhirn humour images insects John Clare L. S. Lowry landscape light Limbourg Brothers limpets Linstead Magna look Mary Newcomb Mary Newcomb's Diary medieval Milton Avery moon natural history naturalist Newcomb's art observation oil on canvas painters pencil and crayon pencil and wash pencil Plate picture pink Plate 38 Plate 57 poem poetry pond predellas rain remember round seen shadow Southwold space squirrel things tree wash Plate watching watercolour and pencil watercolour Plate Winifred Nicholson writes yellow