Mrs Bawden by Sir Alfred Munnings


Mrs Bawden


Sir Alfred Munnings

Ref GM2893
Type Fine Art Print
Image Size 20" x 16" (50 x 40 cm)
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Unbound by his studio, Munnings frequently worked en plein air—where he grappled with England’s fast-shifting sunlight and rain showers along with restless horses and impatient riders. On top of these obstacles, while working on the portrait of Mrs. Gladys Bawden in Exmoor with her favourite horse Harmony, Munnings encountered an uninvited group of hounds in full cry and huntsman galloping along the track clattering through the yard. The intruders ultimately forced the artist to hide in the cow-house, where he continued his project. Subtly suggesting the frenzy outside, both Harmony and Mrs. Bawden look just to the left of the viewer perhaps toward a noisy, oncoming hunt. Further, the mix of long brushstrokes with shorter dabs of blended earth tones in the stone wall and ground combine with the light wash of white clouds to create a palpable sense of movement. No matter what the circumstance, Mrs. Bawden was always ready to ride, here dressed as Munnings knew her, a slim, bronzed farmer’s wife, wearing beret, breeches and stockings. A good friend of the artist and his wife, Mrs. Bawden often entertained them with stories of her boundless energy: long rides in the fields, working in her dairy making butter, preparing enormous meals, and keeping a menagerie of turkeys, fowls, terriers and ferrets.