Compton Verney’s unique Folk Art collection was formed by the Hungarian emigre art dealer Andras Kalman (1919-2007) in the second half of the last century.
Kalman called Folk Art ‘the endangered species of the English art world’, and his varied collection comprises mostly of British works from the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries.
“In the early fifties my father Andras Kalman often visited auction houses and it was at a sale of pictures that he brought his first ‘primitive’ painting; Bear Baiting. My father was captivated! He quickly bought four or five pictures of farm animals – a misshapen sheep, a fat heifer – these paintings were amusing and decorative.” Sally Kalman
Author on Folk Art & Former Director of Judkyn Memorial at Freshford Manor, near Bath
Dealer & Collector
Kate Arnold Foster
Director, Museum of English Rural Life, University of Reading
Artist and Curator
Andras Kalman's daughter
Curator of The Museum of English Naive Art 1988-1998
Writer, artist and publisher of decorative papers
Curator of of What the Folk Say at Compton Verney in 2011
Folk Art Specialist