Beryl Cook at the Victoria Art Gallery

We went to see the current exhibition of Beryl Cook pictures at the Victoria Art Gallery in the heart of Bath.  This is a retrospective of over 50 paintings covering her entire career and includes her first ever picture, Hangover, and her last, Tommy Dancing.  The consensus at Kensington Chapel was that the earlier work was actually more interesting, that is before she started to move further and further into what one might call the end-of-the-pier, saucy postcard strain in British culture.

My personal favourite however was a portrait of Tamara de Lempicka which looked much more like something from the twenties or thirties by say, Wyndham Lewis, and makes me wonder what she could have done if she had put her mind to it and hadn’t allowed herself to become a sort of Benny Hill of naïve art.

Tamara de Lempicka
Tamara de Lempicka by Beryl Cook

Portrait of Wyndham Lewis
Portrait of Wyndham Lewis

2 thoughts on “Beryl Cook at the Victoria Art Gallery

  1. Tom March 23, 2015 / 12:19 pm

    Kensington Chapel – the arbiters of art history. I would have loved to see this exhibition.


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