Modern British Art by Horace Mann Livens: Children waiting on the corner of a street, circa 1900 | www.LLFA.uk

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Horace Mann Livens:
Children waiting on the corner of a street, circa 1900

Unmounted (ref: 992)
Coloured chalks on brown paper, 11 1/2 x 10 1/2 in. (29.2 x 26.7 cm.)

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Provenance: with the artist's widow until 1957; Robert J. Smith, 1959

It is curious that although Livens regularly exhibited oils and watercolours he rarely showed his pastels. They count amongst his most distinctive work, especially in his bold use of colour. In 1886 Van Gogh wrote to Livens: 'Since I am here in Paris I have very often thought of yourself and work. You will remember that I liked your colour, your ideas on art and literature and I add, most of all your personality .... I felt sure at the time that you are a thorough colourist and since I saw the impressionists I assure you that neither your colour nor mine, as it is developing itself, is exactly the same as their theories.'


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