T03810 THE WHITE ROOT 1946
Oil on board 19 3/4 × 16 (505 × 395)
Inscribed ‘Clough’ and illegible date b.r. and on reverse ‘↑’ and ‘Mr Bowas....’ (illegible)
Purchased from Fischer Fine Art Ltd. (Grant-in-Aid) 1982
Prov: Purchased from the artist by Fischer Fine Art Ltd.
Exh: Recent Paintings by Prunella Clough and Walter H. Nessler, The Leger Galleries, March–April 1947 (8); The British Neo-Romantics 1935–1950, Fischer Fine Art, July–August 1983, National Museum of Wales, Cardiff, August–September 1983 (102)
Prunella Clough returned to painting in 1945, having left art school immediately before the war, and the earliest works in her retrospective exhibition at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in 1960 were of this date. She visited the Suffolk coast from her home in London, and many of her paintings of these years have coastal subjects. The artist has confirmed that these scenes were neither discovered nor arranged in this way, but were deliberate reconstructions.
The Tate Gallery 1982-84: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1986