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BIOGRAPHY

Harry Becker paintings come in charcoal, watercolour and oil. In whatever medium he chose for that day, and in all weathers, he had a driven passion to record. Indeed many of his sketches and watercolours bear the scars of the rain and pinhole marks from his boards. He was totally accepted by the farm labourers who he depicted in their daily toil to make a unique historic record of those last years before farming became the mechanised "big business" that we see today. Together with the paintings of the Heavy Horse teams and grazing cattle his work has become highly sort after by both Suffolk farmers and collectors alike.

Harry Becker was born in Colchester in 1865 of German parents who were obliged to leave Germany as a result of Bismarck's radical reshaping of the country. His father was a GP who established a successful practice in Colchester, and was very supportive of Becker's early and obvious talents with pencil and paintbrush, sending him to study in Antwerp, Paris, and at the renowned Bushey School of Art under Hubert von Herkomer. In 1886, Becker had his first picture accepted by the Royal Academy for its annual exhibition.

Just as a particularly successful London exhibition was under way in 1912, he uprooted himself, his beloved wife and family to Suffolk. With a zeal and outlook very reminiscent of Vincent van Gogh whose work he knew and admired, Harry threw himself into drawing and painting the landscapes, people and animals he found around him.