Kaff Gerrard
Kaff Gerrard
British , 1894 - 1970

Landscape to the Sea,

  • Oil on board • Unsigned • 38.5cm x 52cm
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    Kaff Gerrard
    Kaff Gerrard
    British , 1894 - 1970
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    Born Katherine Leigh-Pemberton, Kaff Gerrard was a British artist whose work (across various mediums) has only been highlighted in the decades following her death. Scarcely known or shown during her lifetime, Gerrard’s early career was nonetheless promising. A student of the Slade School of Art in the early 1920s, she received numerous honours including first prizes for painting from the cast and portraiture and a prize for life painting. It was at the Slade that she met her future husband, A.H. Gerrard, a sculptor who would later head the Slade’s sculpture department.

    Based initially in Kent, Gerrard sought inspiration from the land and seascapes of the South Downs. In the Second World War she painted scenes of downed bombers strewn about local fields and farmsteads, some of which are now housed in the Imperial War Museum. Her broad brushwork and palette of lilacs, violets, blues and greens adapted well to landscapes, still lives and spiritual paintings with symbols drawn from Christian theology. Her only lifetime exhibition was shared with her husband at Colnaghi’s, London, in 1931 and showcased her pottery and sculpture. Since the early 1990s her work has been widely reappraised and is now held in numerous national collections, including the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, the Tate in London, and the Government Art Collection.

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    Oil on board.
    From the Gerrard Estate.
    Frame hand carved by her sculptor husband A H Gerrard.

    A wonderfully impressionistic, rhythmic landscape that rolls towards the sea. Painted in Gerrard's signature palette of muted pastel highlights contrasted with deep blue and purple underpainting which cause the surface to shimmer.

    Kaff Gerrard was a visionary, almost pantheistic artist who drew inspiration from Paul Nash and the landscape of her native Sussex and the South Downs.

    In 1991, an exhibition of her work was held at the Royal Museum & Art Gallery in Canterbury. This led to a reappraisal of her work and a number of British museums and galleries acquired examples of her art. These included the Tate, the Imperial War Museum and the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge.

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    • MEDIUM Oil
    • HEIGHT (CM) 38.5
    • WIDTH (CM) 52
    • ORIENTATION Landscape
    • FRAME & DELIVERY Includes free standard framing and UK delivery
    Landscape to the Sea
    Landscape to the Sea
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