Charles Ginner was an influential member of the Camden Town Group. He was born in France having lived in Paris for almost a decade before moving to London where he appeared an authority on continental modern art to his British colleagues. He visited Buenos Aires in 1909 and held his first solo show there, returning to London the same year and settling there. In 1910 Ginner was chosen to be part of the hanging committee for the third exhibition of the Allied Artists Association. It was here that he met Gilman and Gore and the three became firm friends. Van Gogh was a great inspiration to Ginner throughout his career, influencing his use of bright colours, thick paint and occasionally a more expressive style. Ginner generally made sketches from nature, making notes in the margins about particular colours, which he then squared up for transfer for canvas. He is generally known for his cityscapes and landscapes in oil and watercolour and today his work can be found in many UK museums. These include the Tate, the Imperial War Museum and the National Portrait Gallery.
The Garden at Penally Cottage, Boscastle was painted in around 1920/21 and depicts the house of Ginner’s sister. She was a dancing instructor of some distinction who included Noel Coward amongst her clients.
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