Peter Lanyon
Wreck 1963

Artwork details

Peter Lanyon 1918–1964
Date 1963
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1220 x 1830 mm
frame: 1238 x 1850 x 51 mm
Acquisition Presented by the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1983
Not on display

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Humanity and the individual were at the centre of Lanyon’s concept of landscape, and throughout his life he remained fascinated with the confrontation between man and nature. This work represents Lanyon’s response to the 1962 wreck of the French trawler, Jeanne Gougy, which ran aground at Land’s End in stormy weather. In the last year of his life, Lanyon moved from a diffused, tonal palette towards one of intense and saturated colours. The layered and gestural surface of the painting invokes the turbulent sea and the interplay of complex natural forces.

May 2007

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