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Gear made this lithograph shortly after his return to London from Paris where he had lived from 1947 to 1950 and where he had been associated with the Cobra group of artists. Cobra artists had shared a common commitment to creative spontaneity, expressionist techniques, and vigorous subject matter. This work is typical of Gear's later work in which he moved away from his Cobra interests. Although there are strong suggestions of landscape in the use of colour and composition the subject is more general and has been described by the artist as 'a structure in the landscape'.

August 2004