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Clare Winsten’s Drawings At 31 Fournier St

May 3, 2015
by the gentle author

I dropped by to visit Rodney Archer, the Aesthete of Fournier St, yesterday for a Saturday afternoon cup of tea and to admire the new exhibition of drawings by Clare Winsten (born Clara Birnberg in 1894) who was the only woman artist among the so-called ‘Whitechapel Boys.’

Studying at the Slade between 1910 and 1912, with Isaac Rosenberg and David Bomberg, Clare was the sole female exhibitor in the 1914 exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery which marked the formation of the group. After her marriage to fellow artist Stephen Weinstein, she and her husband changed their names to Winsten.

This new exhibition offers a poignant opportunity to appreciate the work of an unjustly-neglected artist, whose occasional drawings reveal a lively talent and a keen observer of personality. Dating from Clare’s art school years until her death in 1989, these drawings and portrait sketches comprise the contents of a portfolio accumulated throughout a lifetime and they look at home displayed together upon the panelled rooms of Rodney’s old house on Fournier St.

Clare Winston’s Drawings are at 31 Fournier St from next Tuesday 5th until Saturday 16th May. Numbers are limited and visits are by appointment only.

To receive an invitation, please email info@31fournierstreet.london saying when exactly you would like to visit and how many will be in your party.

You may also like to read about

Morris Goldstein, The Lost Whitechapel Boy

and

Rodney Archer, Aesthete

A Walk With Rodney Archer

At 31 Fournier St

Rodney Archer’s Scraps

Textile Designs at Rodney Archer’s House

9 Responses leave one →
  1. Joan Bailey permalink
    May 3, 2015

    These drawings combine naturalism with a modernist sensibility. They are very engaging.

  2. May 3, 2015

    Fantastic drawings, she had a wonderful eye for detail. Great setting, too. Valerie

  3. Yvonne Kolessides permalink
    May 3, 2015

    Thank you for sharing these sensitive drawings..

  4. May 3, 2015

    What an exquisite collection! ~ Wish I could come by, but I am an ocean away ~
    Such an observant and articulate contour line in many her drawings, especially in the poignant seated woman and the sleeping man drawings that are featured. So few artists draw really well these days or even believe it is important. Over the last decades, Lucien Freud, perhaps – but not many others. She seems fully able to capture what it is to be human at a particular moment, in a specific place, in all of the confluence of time. I hope a printed portfolio or book of her collected drawings can be published someday. Thank you for sharing this exhibit event, Gentle Author. Thank you, Mr. Rodney Archer, for the evocative personal gallery exhibition you have curated. Wish I were there to see it in person.

  5. May 3, 2015

    How fantastic that this collection has stayed together for all these years, and now people can look at them and be inspired.

  6. Judith Haxton permalink
    May 3, 2015

    Beautiful drawings. Beautiful interiors. A joy to wake up to on a Sunday morning !!!

  7. Jill permalink
    May 3, 2015

    I love the Arnolfi Portrait style mirror photo. Even the right shade of green. Did you have it in mind when you took it?

  8. Susan permalink
    May 4, 2015

    Like so many other readers who live overseas, I dearly wish I could come to this exhibit…but at least the Gentle Author gives us a glimpse…Thank you, thank you!

  9. May 4, 2015

    I’m looking forward to collecting the 1850 French silk textile design which I purchased at the last 31 Fournier Street exhibition. My Dutch friends will enjoy the Clare Winsten portraits tomorrow too.

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