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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