Clare Winsten

Clare Winsten was born Clara Birnberg in Galicia in 1894, but emigrated to London in 1902, changing her name with her husband, the artist Stephen Weinberg, after their marriage.

Winsten was the only female member of the 'Whitechapel Boys' circle of artists and poets, and was the only female exhibitor at the 1914 post-Impressionist exhibition 'Twentieth Century Art: A Review of Modern Movements' at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in which the group played a major part. Her early work was greatly influenced by the European Modernism of the time, including Cubism and Vorticism.

Among her sculptures is one of Joan of Arc in the garden of George Bernard Shaw’s house in Hertfordshire, where Shaw and the Winstens were neighbours. Clare illustrated Shaw's 'Buoyant Billions: A Comedy of No Manners in Prose' and the posthumously published 'My Dear Dorothea: A Practical System of Moral Education for Females Embodied in a Letter to a Young Person of that Sex', written when he was 21. In addition to painting Shaw a number of times, Winsten also produced a 1946 bronze sculpture of him, and also made drawings of Dmitri Shostakovich, Benjamin Britten and Mahatma Gandhi. Her later work was often exhibited under her full, original maiden name.

Winsten’s work is held in the collections of the National Portrait Gallery and the Ben Uri Gallery & Museum. She passed away in 1989.

Exhibitions at Gallagher & Turner:
101 Years of British Art
15 September - 21 October 2017

Pencil on paper
24 x 17.2cm

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