Charles Ginner (1878-1952), Malvern Hills, 1940s

Charles Ginner’s landscape painting of the Malvern Hills demonstrates his signature style: the use of a small, regular touch of thick paint, a method that can give his paintings the appearance of densely worked embroidery.

Ginner was born in Cannes, France. In 1904 he began to study painting at the Académie Vitti under Paul Gervais. Unfortunately Gervais disliked Ginner’s bright palette so much that the student felt he had to leave. He settled in London in 1910 and became a founder member of the Camden Town Group which also included Duncan Grant and Walter Sickert.

In 1914 Ginner published a manifesto which encouraged artists to look at nature in more detail, to use solid pigment, and to be influenced by Cezanne, Van Gogh and the Post-Impressionists. His paintings became more concerned with observation and description, and he turned his attention from interiors to landscapes.

In the Worcester City museum collection.

Ginner

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