The Gift of a
WHEN Graham Greene visited Poland last year he met a peasant artist called Josef Yanos who has just finished a life's work—a set of Stations of the Cross carved in bas-relief on rough board. The style struck Mr. Greene as remarkable arid quite individual, the conventional treatment having been halfremembered but overlaid by a true naive vision.
Mr. Greene offered to buy them, hut Yanos refused to sell. On his return to England Mr. Greene found a large crate awaiting him and inside -the Stations. The artist enclosed a note saying that they were a gift to be presented to any Catholic church who would appreciate them.
These Stations will be shown at an international exhibition of religious art called The Christian Vision. which Mrs. Dorothy Searle is organising, to open on April 1. at the Redfern gallery in London. The artists who are showing works there will include Sir Matthew Smith, Graham Sutherland and Roy de Maistre from this country and Rouault and Bernard Buffet from France, among many others.
'This exhibition will be followed later on in the summer by another to be called The Religious Theme, organised for showing at the Tate gallery. from July 8. by the Contemporary Art Society who have invited some 75 British painters and sculptors to send their interpretation of a religious subject.
Among the artists invited to show are John Bratby, Keith Vaughan, Francis Bacon, William Scott (painters) and Reg Butler, Robert Clatworthy, Barbara Hepworth. Elizabeth Frink, (sculptors). The Contemporary Art Society will spend £1,000 on purchasing some of the exhibits and financial assistance also will be available to help member-galleries in the provinces to buy.
If a church wants to make a purchase I hope the Contemporary Art Society will extend the same financial assistance, perhaps through a member gallery in the same town.
It is exciting news to learn that this exhibition has received more invitations to tour the provinces, after its showing at the Tate, than any previous exhibition put on by the Society. Its bookings are expected to keep it on the road until 1960.