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Graham Sutherland: Landscapes, War Scenes, Portraits 1924-1950

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ISBN: 9781857594041
Artist(s): Graham Sutherland
Author(s): Martin Hammer
Format: Paperback
Edition: -
Year published: 2005
Publisher: Scala Publishers
Publisher Location: London
Total Pages: 176
Illustrations: 95 colour

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Out of print title on Sutherland, in very good condition.

This important book revisits a major figure from a now somewhat neglected generation who dominated the British art scene in the 1930s and 1940s. Focussing on the period from the mid 1930s, when Sutherland established his identity as a modern painter to the 1950s, when his influence began to wane, it portrays the types of work that gave rise to a widespread consensus amongst fellow artists and critics that Sutherland was the most exciting and compelling voice in contemporary British painting. Two particular strands of his imagery are discussed: the landscapes of Pembrokeshire and the South of France, before and after the Second World War; and the scenes of devastation produced for the War Artists scheme run by Sutherland’s great friend Kenneth Clark. The dramatic colour and lighting and the metamorphosis of observed form in his pictures of bombed buildings, tin mines and factory interiors, struck a powerful emotional chord in such traumatic times. The book also includes sections on the early 1920s etchings, which introduced certain fundamentals of his art, and on the initial emergence of his portraiture with the creation of Somerset Maugham in 1949. There are also carefully selected works by other artists, past and present, in whom Sutherland took an interest: such as Blake, Palmer, Nash and Masson. Published to accompany the major exhibition at Dulwich Picture Gallery in June 2005, this long overdue and much requested book, (there has not been a substantial Sutherland show in London since 1982), comprises eighty oils and works on paper drawn from public and private collections throughout the UK and offers a selective interpretation of his painting rather than the usual career retrospective.

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