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Charles W. Bartlett, (English, 1860-1940)

2nd Series. Japan: Negishi

Color woodblock print. With artist's CWB monogram at lower left with title cartouche, NEGISHI.1916. Signed below in ink Charles W. Bartlett with copyright mark. Publisher's seal Watanabe on lower left margin.

38.5 by 25.4 cm

References:
Meech, Japonisme: Graphic Arts in the 20th Century, in The New Wave, 1993, pp. 46-47
Merritt, Points of Contrast, 1993, pp. 36-39; p.65, no. 16
Yokohama Museum of Art, Eyes Towards Asia: Ukiyo-e Artists from Abroad, 1996, pp. 227-238, and p. 81, no. 93
Miles & Saville, A Printmaker in Paradise: The Art and Life of Charles W. Bartlett, 2001, p. 117, no. 29

Alternate titles: Winter; and Negishi; Near Yokohama, Japan

Charles W. Bartlett was born in Bridport, Dorsetshire in England. Although his family encouraged his interest in art, due to financial constraints he and his siblings were forced to seek employment when they came of age rather than pursue advanced degrees. Nevertheless, in 1883, at the age of twenty-three, Bartlett had a change of heart and decided to apply to the Royal Academy in London, where he was accepted. Three years later he continued his training in Paris at the Académie Julian (the same as Dow, cat. no. 1-2, and Pepper, cat. no. 4).

Upon returning from Paris in 1889, Bartlett fell in love and married Emily Francis Tate, but sadly it was a short-lived romance, for his wife died in childbirth less than two years later. Shortly thereafter Bartlett embarked on a year-long tour of Europe, much of it on foot with fellow-artist travelers, which brought him to Italy (Venice), France (Brittany and Picardy), and Holland. When he returned to London he lived with his brother until he met his second wife, Catherine (Kate) Main, who not only came from a family of means, but also was a skilled woodworker and carver. With newfound financial security, Bartlett was able to concentrate on his work even more. In addition to painting in oils and watercolors, he became interested in printmaking and started producing etchings. In 1903 he became a member of the Royal West of England Academy, and in 1908 he became one of the twenty-five founding members of the Société de la Peinture à l'Eau (Watercolor Painting Society) in Paris.


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