'One of the First British Impressionist Works' | Philip Wilson Steer's 'Chatterboxes'

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'Chatterboxes' was not much liked by the critics when they first saw it in the late 1880s. Now it offers an exciting missing link between French and British Impressionism.
When 'Chatterboxes' by Philip Wilson Steer (1860-1942) was exhibited in the New English Art Club exhibition of 1887, it was greeted with derision by the conservative British press. The Illustrated London News led the outcry, complaining that the painting’s virtues ‘are obscured from our perception by the apparent smudginess or slovenliness of the method’. What the critics were objecting to was Impressionism, the new movement rocking the French establishment.
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