Harry Becker paintings really do need to be reassessed . His work is truly outstanding and when you get to see one of his Landscapes or an oil of farm workers you can not fail to be blown away and ask why he is not more well known outside of East Anglia. Let us all remember that he studied at the Antwerp Royal Academy where Van Gogh studied just a year prior to Becker's attendance. Also, it was the influence of Carolus Duran ,who taught Becker in Paris that led to the sketch like immediacy in his work and when he returned to England him being regarded as 'Modern' and one with the new French Impressionist influence. Harry Becker paintings come in charcoal,watercolour and oil. In whatever medium he chose for that day, and in all weathers, he had a driven passion to record. Indeed many of his sketches and watercolours bear the scars of the rain and pin hole marks from his boards. He was totally accepted by the farm labourers who he depicted in their daily toil to make a unique historic record of those last years before farming became the mechanised "big business" that we see today. Together with the paintings of the Heavy Horse teams and grazing cattle his work has become highly sought after by both Suffolk farmers and collectors alike, and with many images made into Etchings and Lithographs by Becker there are works to suit all enthusiasts pockets.
Harry Becker was born in Colchester in 1865 of German parents who were obliged to leave Germany as a result of Bismarck's radical reshaping of the country. His father was a GP who established a successful practice in Colchester and was very supportive of Harry's early and obvious talents with pencil and paintbrush, sending him to study in Antwerp, Paris, and at the renowned Bushey School of Art under Hubert von Herkomer. In 1886 Becker had his first picture accepted by the Royal Academy for its annual exhibition.
Just as a particularly successful London exhibition was under way in 1912, he uprooted himself, his beloved wife and family to Suffolk. With a zeal and outlook very reminiscent of Vincent van Gogh whose work he knew and admired, Harry threw himself into drawing and painting the landscapes, people and animals he found around him.
We are huge Becker fans, have a personal collection of his work and are always looking to purchase more, so do contact us if you are considering selling. We are a small family run gallery and offer that friendly and personal service.