John Piper
Abstract I 1935

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John Piper 1903–1992
Abstract I
Date 1935
Medium Oil paint on canvas on plywood
Dimensions Support: 917 x 1065 x 50 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1954
Not on display

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This work was reproduced in black and white in Circle. Its stage-like interleaving of coloured planes reflects Piper’s engagement with abstract aesthetics. Though Piper is more commonly thought of as a painter of historical architecture and the landscape, for a short period he was intimately involved in the avant-garde. This was evident in his association with Axis, a groundbreaking journal of abstract art, which was edited by his wife Myfanwy Evans. Piper had strong links with artists abroad and his own collection included works by painters Piet Mondrian and Jean Helion, as well as the American sculptor Alexander Calder.

May 2007

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