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Sir Frank BRANGWYN 1867 - 1956

Biography

Largely a self-taught artist, Sir Frank Brangwyn was a painter, water colourist, engraver, illustrator and designer. Initially, his works were in a traditional style, primarily canvases related to the sea. However, due to Orientalism's growing popularity in the 19th century, Brangwyn later embarked on a tour of the East, which consequently brightened his palette. In 1895 he branched out into the areas of mural, tapestry and carpet design, and in 1908 was commissioned for a glass mosaic for the apse of St Aidan's Church, Leeds.

A very prolific artist, Brangwyn produced many works in a variety of styles, and was linked to several artistic movements, including Arts and Crafts, Vienna Secessionists, French Impressionists, the Nabis and Art Nouveau. Although a work such as On the Ebro may recall the work of his contemporary Arthur Melville, in truth the wide variety of styles employed by Brangwyn across his oeuvre mean it is impossible to identify any particular influence.