Leonard Appelbee defined himself proudly as a traditionalist. Determinedly ignoring the move towards abstraction, he maintained a love of traditional subject matter and technique, as demonstrated in this early painting of a group of outhouses near the Buckinghamshire village of Meadle. As his career progressed he became increasingly disillusioned with the growing commercialism of the art world. Looking back he explained that he had not been motivated by a desire for fame or financial reward. '' I painted,'' he said, '' because I felt that one day someone may feel better for seeing what I do.''
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