Albi No.2

John Piper (1903 - 1992)

Watercolour and collage, on paper

1959

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  • About the work
    Location
    Country: Turkey
    City: Istanbul
    Place: British Consulate-General
  • 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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  • Details
    Title
    Albi No.2
    Date
    1959
    Medium
    Watercolour and collage, on paper
    Dimensions
    height: 56.50 cm, width: 78.00 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from Leicester Galleries, February 1962
    Inscription
    br: John Piper
    Provenance
    Consigned by the artist to Leicester Galleries, London; from whom purchased by the Ministry of Works in February 1962
    GAC number
    5734