John Piper
Coast of Brittany I 1961

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John Piper 1903–1992
Coast of Brittany I
Date 1961
Medium Paper and watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 559 x 775 mm
Acquisition Presented by the Art Fund with the assistance of the bequest of Dennis Daybell 1962
Not on display

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Despite frequent visits to France and Italy, Piper did not work abroad until he painted views of Venice for an exhibition at the Arthur Jeffress Gallery in 1960. He stayed in Finisterre in Brittany in 1960 and 1961, where he drew the rocky beaches. He was then finishing the huge abstract design for stained glass for Coventry Cathedral, which he had prepared partly in collages of coloured papers. A similar method was used to enlarge his Brittany studies, which were further enlarged as oil paintings.

August 2004

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