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In 1947 Bomberg spent six weeks camping near Zennor in west Cornwall. The landscape there is wild and unspoilt, with the moors and ancient field patterns dropping down to steep sea cliffs. This view of a stormy sky hanging over two moorland peaks is characteristic of the area, as is the orange and ochre colouring of the dead gorse and heather.

Bomberg’s use of fluid paint combined with a strong sense of structure is typical of his work and evokes a feeling of the unforgiving granite beneath the vegetation.

July 2004