Henry Hunt

After posting Graham Brickstaff’s short biography of D H Laven (see below) I see the need to re-consider many of the statements contained therein, a fair few of which lean heavily on the gnarly trees of nonsense. Before then, however, I would like to share with you a few images related to a recently republished article by the great art historian himself. The article can be found here. The images follow.

As you will no doubt know, these images show discarded palettes belonging to the late great artist Henry Adolphus Hunt. A few years ago, these would have been worth almost nothing. Now, thanks to Laven’s work – and a few progressive art dealers – they are sold for thousands of pounds. Hunt’s ‘other work’, unfortunately, has had less success. His ‘actual’ paintings, it seems, are as unpopular as ever. But who wants a meticulously painted canvas when you can have a scrap of oily cardboard instead?


3 thoughts on “Henry Hunt

  1. And here I’ve just being throwing away my palettes. Maybe I should just pretend to paint canvases and instead paint palettes. I bet my unwashed brushes could be worth something too. 🙂

  2. The greatness of Hunt’s palettes lies in the fact that they are not ‘painted’ as such – at least, not consciously painted. They are instead a byproduct of painting: a byproduct that reveals something the original product can never reveal. Palettes, you might say, lead us into the artist’s subconscious.

  3. Pingback: Henry A Hunt – Well-Forgotten And Yet Overlooked « UNDERNEATH THE BUNKER

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