The Art of John Piper

ISBN: 9781910787052
Artist(s): John Piper
Author(s): David Fraser Jenkins & Hugh Fowler-Wright
Format: hardback
Edition: First
Year published: June 2016
Publisher: Unicorn Press
Publisher Location: London
Total Pages: 500
Illustrations: Illustrated throughout in colour

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The first published survey of the whole of John Piper’s art throughout his long life; the book includes not just his painting and printmaking, but his stained glass and opera designs. It was begun in collaboration with the artist and his wife Myfanwy and has continued with the encouragement of the Piper family.Piper was a major artist of the twentieth century. He was a pioneer of modern abstract art in Britain in the 1930s, the painter of the ruins of the Blitz in Coventry, London and Bath, of the Ruskinian beauty and loneliness of the summits and panoramas of Snowdonia,the designer of nine of the first productions of the operas and a ballet by Benjamin Britten. Piper was also a great landscape painter of rural churches in Britain, a pioneer of lithography and screenprinting and of colour in ceramics. Finally, he was the designer of the stained glass the great cathedrals and churches of Coventry, Eton College and Plymouth and of smaller commemorative glass in country churches.Piper is described here as committed to sharing his art, taking on the technical challenge of introducing modern painting to traditional craft practice and to a generous acceptance of continuous change.Fully endorsed and supported by the John Piper Estate, with unprecedented access to the family archive and a foreword by Piper’s grandson, Luke Piper


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