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John Piper, C.H. (1903-1992)
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John Piper, C.H. (1903-1992)

Welsh Valley in Winter

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John Piper, C.H. (1903-1992)
Welsh Valley in Winter
signed 'John Piper' (lower left)
watercolour and ink
19½ x 25¼ in. (49.5 x 64.1 cm.)
Executed circa 1944.
Provenance
with Durlacher Brothers, New York.
Olen George Bunting, Stilwell, Kansas.
Literature
Exhibition catalogue, John Piper in Wales, Newtown, Davies Memorial Gallery, 1990, p. 41, no. 20, illustrated.
Exhibited
Chichester, Festival Exhibition, The Tudor Room of the Bishop's Place, Farm, Field and Fantasy: Visions of the English Countryside from the 18th Century to the Present Day, July 1989, no. 37, as 'Rock Formation.
Newtown, Wales, Davies Memorial Gallery, John Piper in Wales, July - August 1990, no. 20.
Manchester, City Art Galleries, Modern Painters, a Memorial Exhibition for Peter Fuller, March - May 1991, no. 25.
Chichester, Festival Exhibition, The Tudor Room of the Bishop's Palace, Distant Prospects and Familiar Shores, June - July 1996, catalogue not traced.
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Lot Essay

David Fraser Jenkins has written of Piper's Welsh landscapes of this period that; 'for more than a generation there had been no significant paintings of the mountains of North Wales before Piper first went there in 1943 ... The series continued from about 1944 into the early 1950s. Piper lived high in the mountains where he stayed for a few weeks at a time, most often during the winter. This was so that a detailed knowledge of the geography guided his looking, similarly as his knowledge of architecture had directed his paintings of buildings. His photographs of Snowdonia dwell on the texture of the rocks and cliff faces, and in the watercolours this is elaborated in the close up views, and it shows how he experienced directly the toughness of the landscape' (see D. Fraser Jenkins, Exhibition catalogue, John Piper, Tate Gallery, London, 1983, p. 107).
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