Kenneth Rowntree was born in Yorkshire and studied at the Ruskin School in Oxford and the Slade School in London. He was later appointed lecturer at the Royal College of Art and Professor in Fine Art at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. 'Cornish Landscape' was painted in the artist's studio in Putney after a visit to Cornwall. Rowntree said that in this work he attempted to bring together elements which he felt to be 'essentially Cornish'. The painting's abstract qualities, such as the pattern of the fields, reflect his admiration for the work of Ben Nicholson. In subseqent years, Rowntree's interest in Cubist and Constructivist methods inspired his inventive use of geometric forms and collage.
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