Gypsy Tales by Sir Alfred Munnings


Gypsy Tales


Sir Alfred Munnings

Ref GM2879
Type Fine Art Print
Image Size 20" x 16" (50 x 40 cm)
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Sir Alfred Munnings painted rural scenes, frequently of subjects such as Gypsies and horses. As the title suggests, this scene depicts a woman telling tales of gypsy life to two young girls and a dog who are all sitting still, listening carefully. The group are sat within the beautiful rural English countryside. From the early twentieth century Munnings had been fascinated by the gypsy hop-pickers in Hampshire. He wrote: ‘More glamour and excitement were packed into those six weeks than a painter could well contend with. I still have a vision of brown faces, black hair, earrings, black hats and black skirts; of lithe figures of women and children, of men with lurcher dogs and horses of all kinds... Never in my life have I been so filled with a desire to work as I was then’. Alfred Munnings’s biography states that he clearly considered himself accepted among the gypsies when he was able to persuade several of the older women to bring out the brilliant shawls, boldly coloured aprons, and flamboyant ostrich feathered hats that were special occasion wear for the women. Despite his traditional views on art, Munnings was influenced by the Impressionist’s liberal use of colour and in this painting he has used heavy brushstrokes in an expressive manner.