Alfred Wallis - Four Luggers and a Lighthouse (detail) - 1928

Alfred Wallis

Naïve art

September 7, 2013

Alfred Wallis was a Cornish artist, one of the most influential Naïves whose work had a tremendous impact on the renowned English artists, Ben Nicholson and Christopher Wood.
Wallis regarded his paintings as expressions of his experiences. He was unaware of linear perspective but arranged the objects depicted in terms of relative importance, determining their sizes accordingly. Thus the principal subject of a painting would be the largest object depicted, regardless of where it stood in relation to others.