Harry Becker

Harry Becker's great passion was to paint the life of rural Suffolk. In particular he captured farmworkers at their daily tasks ploughing, ditching, hoeing and leading horses in the first decades of the 20th century. This large-format illustrated biography illustrates a wide range of his work. Like other impressionists of the period, he stated his aim as being "to catch the true light of day". He shared the ideals of Van Gogh, immersing himself in his rural surroundings, going out to the Suffolk fields to depict the working life around him. And, like Van Gogh, he remained largely unknown in his lifetime. However, a contemporary reviewer described his paintings and lithographs as "impressionism at its best...there is a living power in this artist which very few can approach, full of sincerity and significance."

Paintings by this artist