Welsh Landscape

John Piper (1903 - 1992)

Chalk, gouache and ink on board

1940s

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  • About the artist
    John Piper was born in Epsom, Surrey and worked in his father’s solicitors’ firm until 1926. He later studied art in Richmond and London. Meeting Braque in Paris inspired him to make abstract art and to exhibit with the Seven and Five Society (1934–35). In 1935 Piper collaborated with Myfanwy Evans (later, his wife) on the pioneering review, ‘Axis’. He abandoned abstract art for Neo-Romanticism and during the Second World War, as an Official War Artist, he recorded bomb-devastated buildings of England’s disappearing architectural heritage. A versatile artist, Piper made book illustrations, theatre designs, ceramics, stained-glass and textiles. Retrospectives were held at the Museum of Modern Art (Oxford, 1973) and the Tate (1983–84).
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    Title
    Welsh Landscape
    Date
    1940s
    Medium
    Chalk, gouache and ink on board
    Dimensions
    height: 53.10 cm, width: 68.70 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from the New Art Centre, January 1981
    Inscription
    br: John Piper
    GAC number
    15134