The Wye at Lancaut

Oil on board, signed and dated ‘1939’ lower left
Image size: 9 x 13 ¾ inches
Original gilt frame

Cheltenham Art Gallery ‘C.M.Gere Exhibition 3 Oct-5 Nov 1947’, lent by C.Y.Knight
The Parkin Gallery, Motcomb St, London

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This painting is similar to another version in the Royal Academy which depicts winter time.

Reviewing Gere’s solo show in 1947 at Cheltenham Art Gallery, the artist Francis Dodd wrote: ‘The art of Charles Gere has the great quality of finding the beautiful in the familiar, and the power to communicate it pictorially’ (Gloucestershire Echo, 4 October 1947).

Born in Gloucester, Charles Gere, was known for his Pre-Raphaelite technique. Gere worked as an illustrator and draughtsman and focused mainly on landscape painting in 1900. Gere’s artistic talent gained him a scholarship to the Birmingham School of Art where he would go onto teach. Gere worked as an illustrator with William Morris.

In 1893, he was appointed an Assistant Teacher at Birmingham School of Art as part of the Arts and Crafts expansion with the opening of the Art Laboratories and new extension building. Later he worked as an illustrator with for the Kelmscott Press and also for the Ashendene Press. In 1904, Gere settled at Painswick near Stroud with his half-sister, the watercolourist, (1878-1965). It was there that he found his vocation as a landscape artist.

Although he mainly painted tranquil Cotswolds scenes, Gere also enjoyed working excursions to Italy and Switzerland. Gere was active in almost every field of the Arts and Crafts including early designs for embroidery, metal work and stained glass as well as the reredos of Madresfield Court chapel. William Morris Margaret Gere

Heavily influenced by the Italians, he went onto Italy where he practised tempura painting. Gere gained notice in his numerous exhibitions, most notably at the New Gallery, the Carfax Gallery and the Royal Academy. Gere exhibited with his sister Margaret in 1912, who was also an artist. He became an active member of the N.E.A.C, the R.W.S and the R.A.

Museums/Art Galleries
Museum of Gloucester
Bristol Art Gallery
Walker Art Gallery
The Wilson
Tenby Museum
Birmingham Museum
Royal Academy