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John Bratby - British Artist From Art History

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Historical Artist - John Bratby (1928 - 1992)

Although John Bratby painted an array of subjects during his career, he was most recognized for his scenes of domestic life painted during the 1950’s. During this time, Bratby was a member of the Kitchen Sink School. He boosted his own reputation through self-promotion and he also wrote a novel titled Breakdown in 1960 and a book on Stanley Spencer in 1970. Born in Wimbledon, Bratby studied at Kingston College from 1948 to 1950, then at the Royal College of Art from 1951 to 1954. Three years after his graduation he became a tutor at the college. Bratby became famous for his adaptation of the impressionist realism of Walter Sickert and the Camden Town Group towards a more aggressively expressionist style influenced by van Gogh and the Abstract Expressionists.

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