Roger Fry

River with Poplars

c.1912

Medium
Oil paint on wood
Dimensions
Support: 565 x 708 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Mrs Pamela Diamand, the artist's daughter 1973
Reference
T01779

Display caption

This view was painted from the bridge at Angles sur l’Anglin near Poitiers in France. Fry had discovered the painting of Paul Cézanne in 1906, the year of Cézanne’s death, and had built an aesthetic theory largely based on the way Cézanne constructed his pictures. The style of this painting is like Cézanne in the suppression of detail, and in the organisation of the colouring into clear masses. The shapes are deliberately made to look solid, even the clouds and the banks of reeds in the river.

Gallery label, February 2010

Catalogue entry

Roger Fry 1866–1934

T01779 River with Poplars circa 1912

Not inscribed.
Oil on plywood, 22¼ x 27¿ (56.5 x 71), irregular.
Presented by Mrs Pamela Diamand 1973.
Coll: Margery Fry, the artist’s sister; Mrs Pamela Diamand.
Exh: The Minories, Colchester, March 1959 (55), as ‘Garsington, Pond and Poplars’; Vision and Design, Arts Council Gallery, London, March–April 1966 (68,repr.), and tour (see entry on T01778).

It has not yet been possible to identify the motif.

Published in The Tate Gallery Report 1972–1974, London 1975.

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