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Langley Walter

Birmingham 1852 – 1922 Penzance, United Kingdom

British Painter

Two Fisherwoman Carrying a Basket

Signature: Signed bottom right
Medium: Aquarelle
Dimensions: Image size 44 x 61 cm, frame size 57 x 73 cm

Langley Walter’s journey began on June 8, 1852, in the vibrant city of Birmingham, United Kingdom. He would grow to become a remarkable painter renowned for his social realist portraits and depictions of working-class life, particularly among fishermen and their families. At the turn of the century, Langley stood as one of the leading lights of the Newlyn School, a group of artists dedicated to capturing the essence of everyday existence. His art bore the mark of his left-wing political beliefs, rooted in empathy for the villagers and their struggles, reflecting a deep connection with the fishing communities he lived among.

At the tender age of 15, Langley embarked on an apprenticeship in lithography, honing his artistic skills. By 21, he had secured a scholarship to South Kensington, where he immersed himself in the world of design for two formative years. After his studies at the South Kensington Art School in London, he received a significant commission, marking the start of a promising career. In 1881, he relocated his family to Newlyn, a move that would shape his artistic direction significantly. In 1884, Langley was elected to the esteemed Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, and he continued to exhibit his work both within the United Kingdom and on the international stage.

Langley’s work graced the halls of London’s art scene from 1890 to 1919, featuring prominently in exhibitions at the Royal Academy, the Royal Society of British Artists, and the New Watercolour Society. During his early years, he primarily worked with watercolors, a medium that showcased his remarkable technical prowess, reminiscent of his lithographic training. As his career advanced, so did his reputation. A notable highlight came when the revered Russian writer Leo Tolstoy lauded one of Langley’s paintings as “a beautiful and true work of art” in his book “What is Art.”

In 1895, the prestigious Uffizi Gallery extended a special invitation to Langley, requesting a self-portrait to join the esteemed company of portraits by Raphael, Rubens, and Rembrandt in their collection of great artists’ portraits. His inclusion was a testament to his growing stature in the art world.

In 1998, a grand retrospective exhibition celebrated Langley’s contributions at the Birmingham City Art Gallery and in Cornwall. His legacy continues to be explored through recent publications and a catalogue raisonn√© dedicated to his work.

On March 21, 20xx, Langley Walter passed away in Penzance, United Kingdom, leaving behind a body of work now considered “vital to the image of the Newlyn School.” Langley’s mastery of the watercolor technique set him apart among the Newlyn artists, endowing his pieces with a unique beauty and depth. Today, his art can be found adorning both private and public collections, including those housed in the Birmingham Museum and Warrington Museum, ensuring that his vision of working-class life endures through the ages.

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