Robert Polhill Bevan

Born in Hove, Bevan studied at the Westminster School of Art and in Paris. In 1890–91, having encountered Paul Sérusier at the Académie Julian in Paris, he made his first visit to Brittany, where he worked with the Pont-Aven group; he also developed an interest in lithography. After contact with Renoir, Bevan made a second visit to Brittany in 1893–4, when he met and was influenced by Gauguin.

From the early 1900s Bevan adopted a divisionist or pointillist style in paintings that often depicted London street scenes and horse trading, and landscapes painted on summer holidays in Devon and Cornwall. In the last years of his life his style changed, the paint becoming thicker and more textural, with a new attention to the juxtaposition of masses.

At times he approached a Cubist geometry of form, while retaining the use of clear, pure colour, and luminous shadows. His lithographs, which he made again from 1919, show a fluent and expressive line. Bevan was a founder-member of the Camden town group. Having contributed to the formation of the London Group he broke away in 1914 to form the Cumberland market group with Charles Ginner and Harold Gilman. Always keen to retain links with the French art scene, he and Ginner organized the exhibition Peintres Modernes Anglais at the Galerie Druet in Paris in 1921.

In 1922 he was elected to the New English Art Club.