John Piper
Covehithe Church 1983

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John Piper 1903–1992
Covehithe Church
Date 1983
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 863 x 1118 mm
Acquisition Presented by the artist 1984
Not on display

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Piper painted this ruined church, near the coast in Suffolk, at the time of his eightieth birthday. It reflects the knowledge of architecture he had built up over his lifetime in two ways: he was aware of the existence of this quite remote church and he understood how to convey its particular character.

This is an emotional as well as an architectural view. The racing clouds and fitful light suggest a personal sense of the ruin as an image of preservation as well as destruction.

November 2004

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