- Wallis: Wreck of the Alba (custom print), 1938-9
- Alfred Wallis
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- Presented by the Tate Friends St Ives 1994
In this dramatic painting Alfred Wallis depicted a ship floundering in turbulent seas at Porthmeor Beach, St Ives. Unlike many of his other paintings, which tell of what used to be, the ‘Wreck of the Alba’ is almost certainly something that Wallis witnessed himself. The disaster occurred in the January of 1938, when the 3,700-ton steamer ran aground in stormy weather. Thanks to the help of local St Ives people all but 5 men involved in the wreck survived.
Wallis worked on the painting at his cottage, with the panel propped on a table he chose his colours from pre-mixed household or ship’s paints, avoiding artists’ oils which he deemed not ‘real paint’ but ‘muck’.
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