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Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day

© the artist's estate / Bridgeman Images. Photo credit: Herbert Art Gallery & Museum

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Bratby was a leader of the so-called Kitchen Sink School – a group of young painters in the 1950s who portrayed domestic and working class scenes with a gritty 'warts and all' realism. Here, the view looks out across suburban gardens on a sunny winter day. The scene is deliberately non-picturesque, the lace curtain represented in caked, rutted paint. The paint has been squeezed directly onto the canvas then modelled into ridges and nodules that catch the light in low relief.

Herbert Art Gallery & Museum


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  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    112 x 86.5 cm

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  • Acquisition method

    purchased, 1960


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