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Charity, 1900

Frank Brangwyn
British, 1867 - 1956
oil on canvas
147.3 x 160 cm
Purchased 1913
National Gallery of Canada (no. 582)
© Phillips, The International Fine Art Auctioneers, UK/Bridgeman Art Library© Bonhams, London, UK

A painter and graphic artist, Brangwyn studied at South Kensington Art School and worked as a draughtsman for the British designer William Morris between 1882 and 1884. In 1895 Siegfried Bing commissioned him to paint a mural for the "Art Nouveau" boutique in Paris. Brangwyn's style reflects the rhythmic, decorative line favoured by Art Nouveau, while retaining the Symbolist influence of Edward Burne-Jones and the Pre-Raphaelites. His frieze for the ticket hall of the Canadian Grand Trunk Railway office in London, England, completed in 1908, can now be seen in the Ottawa Conference Centre.

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