Alexander Hellier Berens (1865–1959)-Late 19thC Etching, Wild horses In The Rain
DescriptionA fine mid Century etching with a wild and free atmosphere showing a group of wild horses braving the lashing rains. The artist has stamped the board with his personal stamp on the reverse and at the lower left corner of the front. On wove laid to board.
The condition is typical for a picture of this age including some discolouration.
18 x 32cm (7.1" x 12.6")
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Alexander Hellier Berens (1865-1959) was considered cultured, patrician and well-travelled. Born in 1865, he trained as an artist, sculptor and leatherworker in France and Belgium before travelling throughout Africa (with the explorer and academic, Sir Richard Burton) and the Far East, supporting himself by working as a cowboy, ship’s steward and private detective, as well as through his artwork.
In 1893 he married and went to live in Morocco, but his first wife died three years later. He married again in 1898 and he and his wife moved back to the UK where they lived until his death in 1959.
Between them they made a treasure trove of artisan crafts that has since been largely forgotten, but for two examples held by the Victoria and Albert Museum. He also exhibited at the RA in 1888.
|Artist||Alexander Hellier Berens (1865–1959)|
|Date||Late 19th Century|
|Dimensions||18 x 32cm|
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