John Piper Nude 1942

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Artwork details

Artist
John Piper 1903–1992
Title
Nude
Date 1942
Medium Watercolour, gouache, ink and graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 275 x 380 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1990
Reference
T05835
Not on display

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Piper's landscapes never include people, and the figures in his stained glass designs are almost always copied from other artists, but he has always drawn from the nude. Later he also photographed nudes and from 1967 published collages of these as screenprints. This wartime drawing is unusually large for his life studies. The figure was drawn out of doors, and she is given the illumination of an extensive landscape before a storm, or even during a storm. As with Moore's carvings of reclining nudes, there is a sense that woman as source of life is a part of the structure of the earth.

August 2004

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