Coast of Brittany II 1961
Papier collé and watercolour on wove paper
570 x 788 (22 1/2 x 31)
Inscribed in yellow chalk 'John Piper' b.l.
Purchased from the artist with a sum bequeathed by Dennis Daybell through the National Art Collections Fund with assistance from the National Art Collections Fund 1962
Extended loan, Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas, 1978-9
John Piper: Painting in Coloured Light: An Exhibition of Stained Glass and Related Works, Kettle's Yard, Cambridge, Dec. 1982-Jan. 1983 (32)
Tate Gallery Report 1961-62, London 1962, p.29
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, Tate Gallery: The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, II, London 1965, p.524
Coast of Brittany II and its companion Coast of Brittany I
(T00487), with which it is consistently exhibited, were made after Piper's visit to France in the summer of 1960. He told the Tate Gallery that they were 'executed [in] 1961 at Fawley Bottom from (or rather, in relation to) watercolours and sketches done ... in the summer of 1960, on the north coast of Finistère. I did (and am still doing) many studies of this rocky coast ... which I visited again in the summer of 1961' (letter to the Tate Gallery, 9 July 1962). Both collages were begun on heavy cream wove paper, over which a wax resist of roughly horizontal lines was drawn prior to the watercolour wash. The same technique was used for some of the additional collage elements which were combined with plain papers. The ultramarine papers with curved edges in Coast of Brittany II
were cut from a single piece. The technique shows signs of haste: there are tears in right side, and the glue has yellowed over time which shows that it was squeezed out from under the papers and across other areas.
General issues relating to these collages are discussed in the entry on Coast of Brittany I (Tate Gallery T00487).