Peter Lanyon
Porthleven 1951

Artwork details

Peter Lanyon 1918–1964
Date 1951
Medium Oil paint on board
Dimensions Support: 2445 x 1219 mm
frame: 2538 x 1324 x 85 mm
Acquisition Presented by the Contemporary Art Society 1953
Not on display

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This work exemplifies Lanyon’s idea of the ‘experiential landscape’, which involved approaching a place from different positions and combining these views with allusions to geology, history, culture and myth. Here he depicts the fishing port of Porthleven from several perspectives, revealing its two harbours and clock tower. Lanyon later identified a human presence in the work, reading the shape on the left as a fisherman with lamp and his wife wrapped in a shawl on the right. Influenced by the Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung and his theories of the unconscious, the artist saw these as figures embodying the cultural identity of his home.

May 2007

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