John Craxton
Pastoral for P.W. 1948

Artwork details

John Craxton 1922–2009
Pastoral for P.W.
Date 1948
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 2045 x 2626 mm
frame: 2091 x 2644 x 63 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1984
Not on display

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The painting is dedicated to Peter Watson, a collector of modern paintings who had supported Craxton and co-founded both the magazine 'Horizon' and the Institute of Contemporary Arts. Peter Watson also paid for a studio for John Craxton, which he shared for a while with Lucian Freud. Here Craxton responds to the brilliantly-lit landscape of Greece, which he first visited in 1946 after hearing that it was like Pembrokeshire, where he had painted with Graham Sutherland. This painting also celebrates the power of music; the goats are held in its thrall. The goats are also 'capricious portraits' of Craxton's friends eg Lady Norton, who was a founding supporter of the ICA.

August 2004