David Jones
The Terrace 1929

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David Jones 1895–1974
The Terrace
Date 1929
Medium Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 648 x 502 mm
Acquisition Presented by the Contemporary Art Society 1940
Not on display

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Like many artists of the inter-war years Jones was attracted to views through windows. The window provided a strong compositional frame, allowing artists to contrast foreground and distance within an apparently logical representation of space. 'The Terrace', painted at Portslade, near Brighton, seems to celebrate the goodness of nature. The bright light pouring in through the window dissolves all hard edges, while the sea breeze plays with the curtains and table cloth. The colours, pale red, cool blue and lemon yellow, create a sense of the temperature, suggesting a visual equivalent for the warm sun and cool breeze. This work may also owe a debt to Turner, whose works Jones particularly admired at this time.

March 1995

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