John Piper

Chambord Rooftops

1973

View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

Medium
Screenprint on paper
Dimensions
Image: 654 x 1051 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Rose and Chris Prater through the Institute of Contemporary Prints 1975
Reference
P05047

Display caption

Piper first painted the famous chateaux of the Loire in 1971, the year he visited Venice to make designs for Benjamin Britten's opera Death in Venice. Also at this time his dealers, Marlborough Fine Art, were asking for paintings on a big scale, and he took an interest in grand buildings with flamboyant architecture.

The roof pavilions at Chambord corresponded to Piper's original designs for Death in Venice, which used a group of tall, revolving structures. Here he experiments with a directional stage lighting, as if seen by night. This is one of the largest of his screenprints.

Gallery label, July 2008

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