John Piper
Glaciated Rocks, Nant Ffrancon 1944

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John Piper 1903–1992
Glaciated Rocks, Nant Ffrancon
Date 1944
Medium Ink and watercolour on paper
Acquisition Purchased with funds provided by the Helena and Kenneth Levy Bequest 1991
Not on display

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Many critics believe that Piper's gouaches of Snowdonia, an example of which the Tate has lacked until now, are among his best works. Their rather sombre aspect could be associated with the artist's experience of the destructiveness of the Second World War. As an official War Artist, he had recently recorded the effects of war in other works, such as the Tate's watercolour of the blitzed, 'All Saints Chapel, Bath' 1942. (N05719). Piper produced a resumé of his work in the screenprint portfolio, 'Stones and Bones' 1978 (P07363) and included a number of Welsh mountain images, indicating their importance for him.

August 2004

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