John Piper
Coast of Brittany II 1961

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John Piper 1903–1992
Coast of Brittany II
Date 1961
Medium Paper and watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 571 x 781 mm
Acquisition Presented by the Art Fund with the assistance of the bequest of Dennis Daybell 1962
Not on display

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In the summer of 1960 Piper worked on the coast of Brittany. On his return to Henley he made a group of large collages of which this is one. These collages are distinct in format and technique, using the dispersed paint to represent the horizontal lines of the open landscape, and cut marbled papers to represent particular features. These works demonstrate Piper's ability to translate his sensations from the natural world into a series of tones and colour harmonies. This particular collage also shows his continued interest in the colour techniques of the Fauves and of Raoul Dufy, whose work he had admired since the 1930s.

August 2004

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