Nina Hamnett by Alicia Foster
Published by Eiderdown Books 2 April 2021
This new book by art historian, curator and novelist Alicia Foster celebrates the life and work of British female artist Nina Hamnett (1890 – 1956). The painter, illustrator and writer is associated with the bohemian and avant- garde circles of the London and Parisian art scenes in the early twentieth century. Hamnett’s artistic legacy, until now, has always been overshadowed by her personal life, most notably her friendship with Gaudier-Brzeska, and work as a model for his famous sculpture, Torso (1914, Tate). This new publication will rightly show Hamnett’s artistic accomplishments and her significance within the history of Modern British art.
Hamnett’s career included designs for the Bloomsbury group’s Omega workshops and publishing her own life-story in two autobiographies. But it was her sensitive formal still lifes, her fluid, incisive, sometimes acerbic drawings, and her perceptive portraits of poets, dancers and friends which defined her as an artist.
Bringing together works from public and private collections, Alica Foster celebrates the achievements of a talented and ambitious artist who wasn’t afraid to do things differently. The book is published to coincide with a Nina Hamnett exhibition of which Alicia Foster is the Associate Curator. Taking place at Charleston in Sussex from 19 May 2021.
About the Author
Dr Alicia Foster is an art historian, curator and novelist. She curated the first ever museum show of Jessica Dismorr’s work, which opened in autumn 2019 at Pallant House Gallery: Radical Women: Jessica Dismorr and her Contemporaries, and wrote the accompanying exhibition catalogue (Lund Humphries 2019). Previous publications include the monograph Gwen John (Tate, third edition, 2015) and the first complete survey of women artists in Tate collections – Tate Women Artists (Tate 2004). Her novel Warpaint was published by Penguin/Figtree in 2013 and tells the story of four women artists who were employed by the British government in 1942–3, making official war art and black propaganda. She is a regular contributor to Art UK and is currently working on her second novel.
NINA HAMNETT by Alicia Foster is the seventh book in the MODERN WOMEN ARTISTS series.