John Craxton (1922–2009, British)

The Neo-Romantic artist, John Craxton, photographed by Felix Mann, 1948

The Neo-Romantic artist, John Craxton, photographed by Felix Mann, 1948

John Craxton (1922 – 2009, British), was a Neo-Romantic artist, a term he quite disliked, preferring to be called a “kind of Arcadian”. Born into a musical family, he attended seven different schools and then went to Paris to study at the Académie Julian and the Académie de la Grande Chaumière until the outbreak of WWII. After his return to London, he was rejected for military service because of pleurisy, so attended Goldsmiths College.  He held his first exhibition in 1942.  After the war, he traveled widely and came to settle on Crete. He was a ballet and opera designer as well as a book illustrator. In 1993 he was named a Royal Academician (RA).

Craxton, a friend and roommate of Lucien Freud, depicts his cats in a style reminiscent of Gerhard Marcks. Abstractly defined, the cats are shown in typical cat behavior. Craxton must have been a cat lover.

 

Cat and Snail John Craxton, 1965

Cat and Snail, 1965

 

 

A young greek boy 1950 John Craxton

A Young Greek Boy, 1950

 

 

 

3-John Craxton (1922 -2009) - Marco the Cat, 1948

Marco the Cat, 1948

 

 

 

4-Cat & Butterflies - John Craxton

Cat & Butterflies

 

 

 

5-Cat on a Chair, 1922, John Craxton

Cat on a Chair, 1922

 

 

 

6-Cat on red background, John Craxton

Cat on red background

 

 

 

7-Still Life with Cat and Child 1959 John Craxton

Still Life with Cat and Child, 1959

 

 

 

8-Detail John Craxton - Still Life with Cat and Child

Detail – Still Life with Cat and Child

 

 

 

9-John Craxton (British, 1922-2009), Sleeping cats, 1955

Sleeping cats, 1955

 

 

 

10-John Craxton Cat

Cat

 

 

 

John Craxton Cretan Cats , 2003

Cretan Cats , 2003

 

 

 

John Craxton R.A. (British, 1922-2009) Cat and Ball

Cat and Ball

 

 

 

John Craxton, Cat and Butterfly

Cat and Butterfly

 

 

 

John Craxton, Cat and Goldfish Bowl 1975

Cat and Goldfish Bowl 1975

 

 

 

Two Cats, John Craxton

Two Cats

 

 

 

John Craxton, Two Cats

Two Cats

 

 

 

Cat and Snail, John Craxton

Cat and Snail

 

 

 

Two cats Linocut, printed in colours, on wove, signed and inscribed 'For Doby' in black ink,

Two cats Linocut, printed in colours, on wove, signed and inscribed ‘For Doby’ in black ink

 

 

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