Monday, September 16, 2013

Ginner, Charles

oil on canvas
size unknown
Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter, Devon, UK

Charles Isaac Ginner (1878 - 1952) was a painter of landscape and urban subjects. Born in the south of France at Cannes, the second son of a British doctor. At an early age he formed the intention of becoming a painter, but his parents disapproved. He worked in an engineer's office, and in 1899, at the age of 21, moved to Paris to study architecture. In 1904, his parents withdrew their opposition to his becoming a painter, and he entered the Academie Vitti, where Henri Martin was teaching. In 1908, he left Vitti's and worked on his own in Paris, taking Vincent van Gogh, Paul Gauguin and Paul Cezanne for his guides. In 1909, he visited Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he held his first one-person show, which helped to introduce post-Impressionism to South America. His oil paintings showed the influence of Van Gogh, with their heavy impasto paint.

In 1910 Ginner went to London, to serve on the Hanging Committee of the Allied Artists Association's third exhibition. During World War I he was called up about 1916, serving firstly in the Royal Army Ordnance Corps, secondly in the Intelligence Corps and lastly for the Canadian War Records. During World War II he was again an Official War Artist, and specialized in painting harbor scenes and bombed buildings in London. In 1942 he became an Associate of the Royal Academy, where he advocated the admission of younger artists.
Ginner painted buildings in an urban context. His watercolours are unmistakable, with meticulous detailing of trees and buildings.