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Orpen, William, Sir, 1878–1931
William Orpen : method & mastery / edited by Cicely Robinson, Abbie Latham and Sally Marriott.
Additional Title(s):
William Orpen : method and mastery
Guildford, Surrey : Watts Gallery Artists' Village, [2019]
Physical Description:
91 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Reference Library
NJ18.Or7 A12 2019 (LC)
Accessible in the Reference Library [Hours]
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"Published to coincide with the opening of 'William Orpen: Method & Mastery', Watts Gallery - Artists' Village, 19 November 2019 - 23 February 2020.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 84-91).
"Celebrated for his career as an official war artist, the Irish-born painter Sir William Orpen KBE RA (1878 - 1931) is best known for his rapid and expressive painting style. President of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters from 1924 - 1930, Orpen became one of the leading portraitists of his age. Featuring a selection of striking portraits alongside closely observed pencil studies and anatomical drawings, this exhibition provides new insights into Orpen's evolving and innovative artistic process, underpinned by new research and technical analysis of his techniques and materials. Inspired by the perceptible significance of artist studios, this exhibition will situate Orpen's work within the evocative space of 'Oriel', William Orpen's studio at South Bolton Gardens, London. In an examination of Orpen's evolving and experimental artistic practice, this exhibition will re-examine his fascination with light and space throughout his career"--Website.
Subject Terms:
Orpen, William, Sir, 1878-1931 -- Exhibitions.
Robinson, Cicely, editor.
Latham, Abbie, editor.
Marriott, Sally, editor.
Watts Gallery, host institution.

  • 'The hand of the artist': Orpen, draughtsmanship and the Slade / Abbie Latham
  • His 'ode to manet': the genesis of William Orpen's "a portrait group", 1906-9 / Kenneth McConkey
  • 'Humanity in khaki': William Orpen's war portraits / Stacey Clapperton
  • Orpen and Le chef / Judith Stapleton
  • In the studio: William Orpen at South Bolton Gardens / Louise Campbell
  • Viridian, cadmium and cobalt: Orpen's methods & materials / Sally Marriott.