Catalogue entry

N05447 LA ROUTE DES ALPES 1937
 
Inscr. ‘Hillier’ b.l.
Tempera on canvas, 23 1/2×31 3/4 (60×80·5).
Presented by the Contemporary Art Society 1944.
Coll: Purchased by the C.A.S. through Arthur Tooth & Sons 1943.
Lit: Tristram Hillier, Leda and the Goose, 1954, p.151.
Repr: C.A.S. Report 1942–3, 1944, facing p.6; Hesketh Hubbard, A Hundred Years of British Painting 1851–1951, 1951, pl.114.

Painted in 1937 when the artist was staying near Vence. He writes (loc. cit.): ‘Here I started to paint landscape again, not in my earlier manner en plein air, but attempting to construct my pictures from rough drawings which I would elaborate in the studio, in the style of the Flemish and Italian masters whose work I had recently had so much opportunity of studying. This was the beginning of my ultimate phase in painting, and became the manner in which I have worked ever since. There is a picture of mine La Route des Alpes dating from this time which now hangs in the Tate Gallery and illustrates fairly well, though I do not care for it, this period of transition from abstraction and surrealism to representational painting.’

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I