A Landscape near Cadiz

Duncan Grant (1885 - 1978)

Oil on canvas


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© 1978 Estate of Duncan Grant, courtesy Henrietta Garnett

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  • About the work

    In this loosely worked landscape painting, Duncan Grant depicts a huddle of whitewashed houses in the middle of sun-baked fields. Grant was attracted to the Spanish port of Cadiz after having spent a month there in 1936. He visited San Roque, Cadiz, a small town to the north of the Gibraltar peninsula again in 1961, a year before the date of this landscape painting. In her biography of Duncan Grant, art historian Frances Spalding describes how, on New Year’s Eve, Grant:


    Greatly moved … went on to the roof terrace at midnight to see the New Year in, listening to a mêlée of sounds – frogs, owls, church bells in San Roque, sirens from the fleet at Gibraltar and music from nearby houses.

  • About the artist
    Duncan Grant was born in Inverness in 1885. He studied at Westminster School of Art and also in Paris - where he met Matisse and Picasso - and at the Slade in London. From 1908 he was part of the Bloomsbury group, that included Vanessa Bell, her sister Virginia Woolf and Roger Fry. Grant’s painting style was influenced by the post-Impressionist exhibitions of 1910 and 1912 that Fry organised in London. With Fry and Bell, Grant founded the Omega Workshops to make decorative works. In his later years he lived at Charleston, Sussex, with Vanessa Bell. The pair travelled widely in Europe and spent much time in the South of France. After Bell's death in 1961, he continued painting and travelling and died in 1978 of pneumonia.
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    A Landscape near Cadiz
    Oil on canvas
    height: 64.00 cm, width: 74.00 cm
    Purchased from Crane Kalman Gallery, March 1974
    bl: D.Grant.62 ; signed & inscribed verso
    The artist; Crane Kalman Gallery (purchased March 1974)
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