Graham Sutherland: Life, Work and Ideas
Artist(s): Graham Sutherland
Author(s): Rosalind Thuillier
Year published: June 2015
Publisher: Lutterworth Press
Total Pages: 290
A compelling biographical study of a leading twentieth-century British artist, Graham Sutherland: Life, Work and Ideas provides new understanding of how he and his paintings developed. Through her friendship with the artist, and years of research, Rosalind Thuillier creates a comprehensive portrait of Sutherland’s life and works, with valuable additional quotations from Sutherland and those who knew him well. An expansive index of images, many of them previously unseen, offers a fresh view of the artist. Studies by Sutherland, along with preparatory works for what would become renowned paintings, are published for the first time.
Graham Sutherland’s distinctive style and the emotions behind the paintings are here vividly explored. Thuillier describes not only his landscape inspirations from the Pembrokeshire countryside, but also his time as an official war artist, and his friendships inside and outside the art world. The author expertly details the creation of works such as the portrait of Churchill (1954), subsequently destroyed, and his most famous work, the huge Christ in Glory in the Tetramorph tapestry (1962) in Coventry Cathedral.
Graham Sutherland: Life, Work and Ideas is not merely a biography, but goes behind the scenes of the artist’s career, exploring the paintings, relationships and influences that formed his vision as an artist and his undeniable contribution to art.