Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day

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Bratby was a leader of the so-called Kitchen Sink School – a group of young painters in the 1950s who portrayed domestic and working class scenes with a gritty 'warts and all' realism.

Here, the view looks out across suburban gardens on a sunny winter day. The scene is deliberately non-picturesque, the lace curtain represented in caked, rutted paint. The paint has been squeezed directly onto the canvas then modelled into ridges and nodules that catch the light in low relief.

The tortured, almost manic brushwork gives a sense of high emotional intensity to the picture.

Herbert Art Gallery & Museum



Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day




oil on canvas


H 112 x W 86.5 cm

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purchased, 1960

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