View over Leeds

John Piper (1903 - 1992)

Oil on canvas

c.1960

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  • About the work
    Location
    Country: Saudi Arabia
    City: Riyadh
    Place: British Embassy
  • 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
    View over Leeds
    Date
    c.1960
    Medium
    Oil on canvas
    Dimensions
    height: 106.50 cm, width: 152.50 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from Marlborough-Gerson Gallery, New York, December 1967
    Inscription
    br: John Piper
    GAC number
    7955