Self portrait (1897)
|Born||6 May 1857
|Died||9 Aug 1915
Chalford Hill, Gloucestershire
|Spouse||Katherine Graham Bramley|
|Training||Lincoln School of Art, Royal Academy of Fine Arts (Antwerp)|
|Movement||Newlyn School, Post-Impressionism|
From 1873 to 1878 Bramley studied at the Lincoln School of Art. He then studied from 1879 to 1882 at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, where Charles Verlat was his instructor. He lived in Venice from 1882 to 1884 and then moved to Newlyn, Cornwall.
Bramley married fellow artist Katherine Graham, daughter of John Graham from Huntingstile, Grasmere, Westmoreland, in 1891.[nb 2] The couple lived at Orchard Cottage, which at the time was called Belle Vue Cottage, from 1893 to 1897. In 1895 they moved to Droitwich in the West Midlands. They lived at Bellue Vue House in 1889 and by 1900 had settled at Grasmere in the Lake District.
Having returned to England from Venice in or after 1884, Bramley established himself in the Newlyn School artist colony on Rue des Beaux Arts in Newlyn. Along with Walter Langley and Stanhope Forbes, he was considered to be one of the "leading figures" of the Newlyn School.
During his time in Newlyn, Bramley was a particular exponent of the ‘square brush technique’, using the flat of a square brush to lay the paint on the canvas in a jigsaw pattern of brush strokes, giving a particular vibrancy to the paint surface. In the early 1890s, his palette became brighter and his handling of the paint looser and more impastoed, while his subject matter narrowed to portraits and rural genre paintings.
An example of Bramley's use of the square brush technique is his painting Domino!.
His A Hopeless Dawn (1888) is held by the Tate Gallery, London after having been purchased for the nation by the Chantrey Bequest and is one of Bramley's most favored works. Praised by the Royal Academy, Penlee House also appreciate this Bramley work: "The painting’s strong emotional and narrative content, together with its aesthetic appeal and tonal harmony, make this one of the most admired Newlyn School works to this day."
Selected paintings include:
- A Venetian Market Girl, 1883.
- Primrose Day, 1885.
- Everyone His Own Tale, 1885.
- Domino, 1886.
- Eyes and No Eyes, 1887.
- A Hopeless Dawn, 1888.
- Saved, 1889.
- For Such is the Kingdom of Heaven, 1891.
- Old Memories, 1892.
- After Fifty Years, 1893.
- Sleep, A Portrait of Mrs. Bolitho, 1895.
- After the Storm, 1896.
- Friends, 1907.
- Encyclopedia Brittanica and Penlee House give the date of death as 10 August 1915.
- Catherine St. Clair Graham was born in 1868 in Dursley in Gloucestershire. In 1908 she exhibited 'Launching the Lifeboat' at the Royal Academy. Catherine also exhibited at the 1913 London Salon. She died on 20 January 1954 in Bournemouth.
- Victor Plarr. Men and women of the time: a dictionary of contemporaries. G. Routledge; 1899. p. 124.
- Frank Bramley. Penlee House. Retrieved 6 October 2012.
- One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Frank Bramley". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press
- Caroline Graham. Penlee House. Retrieved 7 October 2012.
- Frank Bramley. Cornwall Artists. 6 October 2012.
- Caroline Fox; Francis Greenacre; Newlyn Orion Galleries. Artists of the Newlyn School, 1880-1900. Newlyn Orion Galleries; 1979. p. 166.
- Robert Andrews. The Rough Guide to Devon & Cornwall. Penguin; 1 April 2010. ISBN 978-1-4053-8606-7. p. 763.
- H.J. Dyos. Victorian City. Taylor & Francis US; 6 January 1999. ISBN 978-0-415-19324-5. p. 468.
- A Venetian Market Girl. Bridgeman Art on Demand.
- Primrose Day. Tate.
- Everyone His Own Tale. Sothebys.
- A Hopeless Dawn. Tate.
- For Such is the Kingdom of Heaven. New Zealand Museums.
- Friends. Christies.
- Caroline Fox; Francis Greenacre; Barbican Art Gallery. Painting in Newlyn, 1880-1930. Barbican Art Gallery; 1985.
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