Leonard Appelbee Landscape, Meadle 1939

Artwork details

Artist
Leonard Appelbee 1914–2000
Title
Landscape, Meadle
Date 1939
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 457 x 660 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1940
Reference
N05342
Not on display

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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.''

August 2004

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