Pitmen Painters : The Ashington Group, 1934-1984

Pitmen Painters : The Ashington Group, 1934-1984
Author: William Feaver
Rating: 4.13
Bestsellers Rate: 700680
Publisher: McNidder & Grace
Book Format: Paperback
Binding: None
Pages: 176
Hours of reading: 2.9 hours
Publication Date: 2021
Languages: | English |
Price: 19,66 €

About the book

The Ashington Group began in the 1930s as an evening class of pitmen in a village in the North of England to learn a bit about art appreciation. The Pitmen Painters tells how appreciation of their work spread, how they were tracked down by documentary photographers and film makers and how they resisted interference.





William Feaver Biography

William Feaver (born 1 December 1942) is a British art critic, curator, artist and lecturer. From 1975–1998 he was the chief art critic of the Observer, and from 1994 a visiting professor at Nottingham Trent University. His book The Pitmen Painters inspired the play of the same name by Lee Hall.


Feaver was educated at Nottingham High School and Keble College, Oxford. After graduating from Oxford he became a teacher at Newcastle's Royal Grammar School (1965–71) before being appointed the Sir James Knott Fellow at Newcastle University. He is currently an academic board member of the Royal Drawing School.

Career as art critic

While at Newcastle, Feaver became the art critic of the Newcastle Journal before being appointed successively to the Listener (1971–75) and the Financial Times (1974–75) before being joining the Observer. He won the Art Critic of the Year award in 1983. Feaver conducted an exemplary interview with Lucian Freud in 1992, The artist out of cage on Freud's 70th birthday, which has been re-published in English and German in the catalog of the Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt exhibition Lucian Freud: Naked Portraits.His 2019 book, The Lives of Lucian Freud, was shortlisted for the 2019 Baillie Gifford Prize.

Exhibitions curated

Feaver has curated a number of exhibitions in the UK and abroad, including: George Cruikshank, V&A, 1974 Thirties, Hayward Gallery, 1979 The Ashington Group, Beijing, 1979 Lucian Freud exhibitions at Abbot Hall, Kendal (1996),Tate Britain and La Caixa, Barcelona (2002), Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2002-3) and Museo Correr, Venice (2005) Michael Andrews, Tate Gallery, 2001 John Constable, Grand Palais, 2002

Books published

The Art of John Martin, 1975 When We Were Young, 1976 Masters of Caricature, 1981 Pitmen Painters, 1988 Frank Auerbach, 2009 The Lives of Lucian Freud: Youth 1922–1968, 2019 The Lives of Lucian Freud: Fame 1968-2011, 2020


His father was the Rt Rev Douglas Feaver. In 1964 Feaver married Victoria Turton (the poet Vicki Feaver). They had one son and three daughters. He married, secondly, in 1985, Andrea Rose OBE; they have two daughters, Alice and Dorothy.


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Authors: William Feaver
Publisher: McNidder & Grace
Imprint: Northumbria Press
Languages: | English |
Original Language:
ISBN13: 9780857160133
ISBN10: 0857160133
Reference Edition:
Edition: None
Edition Statement: 4th edition
Illustrations: Includes two 8-pg color inserts
Literature Country: None
Literature Period: None
Book Format: Paperback
Book Binding: None
Paper: None
Font: None
Pages: 176
Book Weight: 548.85
Book Dimensions: 188.98x243.33x11.68
Circulation: None
Publication date: Nov. 1, 2010
First Publication Date: None
Publication City/Country: Pembroke Dock, United Kingdom

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