Blackberry Gathering, 1912

Elizabeth Adela Forbes (1859-1912)

'Blackberry Gathering', Elizabeth Adela Forbes

Elizabeth Forbes moved to Cornwall in 1885. She met Stanhope Forbes and together in 1889 they formed the Forbes School of Painting which encouraged 'plein air' work and the study of everyday subjects. Forbes often painted children. Here she shows young girls picking blackberries on a changeable summer's day. Forbes has grouped their figures boldly at the front of the picture and behind is a sweeping view of the countryside around Newlyn. This was Forbes' last painting.

Oil on canvas,

National Museums Liverpool, Walker Art Gallery