Marian Kratochwil

Ethel Walker, 1861 - 1951. Artist (About 1950)

About this artwork

This drawing by the young Polish artist Kratochwil shows Edinburgh-born painter Ethel Walker in her late eighties. Having moved to Surrey as a child, she became one of few female members of the New English Art Club. Although she exhibited with the group for many years, she soon parted with the stylistic tradition of the NEAC, working instead in a more Impressionist manner. Her subjects included flowers, interiors and seascapes, but Walker is best-known for her figure studies and portraits of women, which include a large number of subtle, tonal self-portraits. An interest in philosophy and religion added a Symbolist dimension to her work. Walker took her art very seriously, and her commitment was recognised when she was made a CBE in 1938 and a Dame in 1943.

Marian Kratochwil

Marian Kratochwil

Marian Kratochwil was a Polish painter and writer, who spent most of his life in Britain. Born in Kosow, Poland, he trained with Stanislaw Batowski before studying philosophy and history at the University of Lwow. After serving with the Polish army in Scotland during the Second World War, Kratochwil remained in Britain. He painted landscapes in Scotland and Spain, and scenes of city life in London. In 1951 he inherited the estate of his patron, the artist Dame Ethel Walker, who had made him her beneficiary without telling him. In 1961 Kratochwil married the artist Kathleen Browne and later in life published an insightful monograph on her work. In 1994 he held a retrospective exhibition with his wife at the Polish Cultural Institute, showing drawings of life in pre-war Poland.