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Still Life
Photo credit: Salford Museum & Art Gallery

Still Life

Harry Phelan Gibb (1870–1948)

Salford Museum & Art Gallery

Phelan Gibb, or just Phelan Gibb. Phelan (pronounced Faylan) Gibb studied in Newcastle, Edinburgh, Paris, Antwerp and Munich. For a quarter of a century he worked in Paris and was influenced by the work of Cézanne. He exhibited in group exhibitions at Salon d’Automne, the AAA as well as Wertheim, Alpine and Redfern Galleries, RHA, RSA and in New York. Had first London solo show at Baillie Gallery, 1911. Gibb’s rather earthy and apparently naïve work was highly thought of by Roger Fry, Gertrude Stein and the dealer Lucy Wertheim. She supported him and his much younger second wife in their declining years with money, assistance to travel to France and even clothes but Gibb, an uneven painter, was unable to match his finest work of the period 1910–20.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)


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