John Piper
The Forum 1961

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John Piper 1903–1992
The Forum
Date 1961
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1067 x 1524 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1962
Not on display

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Although Piper is best known for his paintings of British landscape and architecture, he did venture further afield from the 1950s and 1960s, in particular to France and Italy. This painting was made after a visit to Rome in the early spring of 1961, and shows his reaction to the city. The details of the architecture are left vague, but a strong impression is created with the arrangement of geometric shapes and varied textures, combined with the warm bright colours of the Roman light.

May 2007

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