Artist Frank Brangwyn: Gathering Grapes, c 1905

Artist Frank Brangwyn (1867-1956): Gathering Grapes, c 1905


Frank Brangwyn (1867-1956):
Gathering Grapes, c 1905
Framed (ref: 2965)
Oil on board, 24 3/8 x 16 1/4 in. ( 62 x 41.5 cm.)

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Provenance: private collection
Ill: Scribner’s Magazine, cover, Vol XXXVIII, October 1905

This painting demonstrates two salient points about Brangwyn’s working practice. Firstly his ‘pattern book’working process, by which figures would be re-used, irrespective of changes in context or the passage of time. On 7 May 1921, Frank Alford wrote that he was working on one of the murals for Jefferson City: ‘FB thinks of taking out the figures on the extreme [left] being a man carrying a large basket of fruit on his head,& putting in its place a figure of a boy on a ladder pulling fruit.The same boy was used in one of FB’s series for Scribner’s magazine.’ (36)

Secondly, despite the fact that Brangwyn was financially secure by 1905, he continued to accept commercial commissions,partly because he found it difficult to refuse any challenge, but mainly because by these means he could introduce art to a wider audience. The gold painted bar across the painting relates directly to the format of the magazine cover.