Palazzo Dario, Venice

John Piper (1903 - 1992)

Oil on canvas

c.1959

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  • About the work
    Location
    Country: USA
    City: New York
    Place: UK Mission to the United Nations
  • 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
    Palazzo Dario, Venice
    Date
    c.1959
    Medium
    Oil on canvas
    Dimensions
    height: 153.50 cm, width: 123.00 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from Leicester Galleries, July 1965
    Inscription
    br: John Piper
    Provenance
    Consigned by the artist to Leicester Galleries, London; from whom purchased by the Ministry of Works in July 1965
    GAC number
    7080