Prunella Clough
Cooling Tower II 1958

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Prunella Clough 1919–1999
Cooling Tower II
Date 1958
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 968 x 917 x 24 mm
frame: 1185 x 1139 x 70 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1960
Not on display

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One of Britain's most respected post-war painters, Prunella Clough developed a highly personalised visual language that hovered between abstraction and figuration. She frequently depicted urban or industrial motifs derived from her London environment, and she would set these against a soft, indeterminate background. The imposing tower structure of 'Cooling Tower II' has been simplified to its most basic form. It dominates the sky and dwarfs the smaller crane feature sitting to its right. However, the emphatic horizon line, characteristic of CLough's work, checks the overwhelming presence of the tower and balances the painting.

September 2004

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