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    Sale 7595

    20th Century British Art

    6 June 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 122

    Graham Sutherland, O.M. (1903-1980)

    Welsh Landscape

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    Graham Sutherland, O.M. (1903-1980)
    Welsh Landscape
    pencil, ink, watercolour and coloured crayon
    3¾ x 6 in. (9.5 x 15.2 cm.)
    Executed in 1940.


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    Sutherland had been visiting the region of Western Pembrokeshire around St Bride's Bay regularly since 1935. This had provided the inspiration for his work on account of the area's extraordinary quality of light and the 'exultant strangeness' of its landscape formations. Yet, he had found that capturing the essential expressive charge of the landscape required him to accumulate ideas on the spot, but then to transmute these into fully-realised paintings back in his Kent studio: 'It was in this country that I began to learn painting. It seemed impossible here for me to side down and make finished paintings 'from nature' ... The spaces and concentrations of this clearly constructed land were stuff for storing in the mind ... At first I attempted to make pictures on the spot. But I soon gave this up ... It became my habit to walk through, and soak myself in the country. At times I would make small sketches of ideas on the backs of envelopes and in a small sketch book, or I would make drawings from nature of forms which interested me and which I might otherwise forget' (G. Sutherland, 'Welsh Sketchbook', Horizon, London, April 1942, pp. 225-35).

    Welsh Landscape is typical of the kind of study that he would make in Pembrokeshire, where he was already editing out much of the naturalistic detail and concentrating on the overall massing of light and dark. The minimal touches of colour are just sufficient to evoke Sutherland's preferred sunset lighting, which served to enhance the brooding, mysterious, even sublime qualities that he so valued in this particular terrain.

    M.H.

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    Provenance

    Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 10 June 1988, lot 365, where purchased by the present owner.


    Saleroom Notice

    Please note that the present work is further dated '1940' (upper left) and '1940' (on the reverse).


    Literature

    Exhibition catalogue, Graham Sutherland, London, Crane Kalman Gallery, 1999, p. 33, no. 43, illustrated.


    Exhibited

    London, Crane Kalman Gallery, Graham Sutherland, April - June 1999, no. 43.