Philip Wilson Steer Southwold c.1889

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Artist
Title
Southwold
Date c.1889
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 505 x 610 mm
frame: 715 x 815 x 65 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1942
Reference
N05374
Not on display

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Steer spent several summers on the East Coast, at Walberswick and Southwold in Suffolk, making pictures of holidaymakers in the sun. He made rough notes on the spot in sketchbooks, and in the studio made designs for a series of paintings. These were most original in their dislocation of the figures, and their shorthand sketchy outlines. The colours have a brilliance that went beyond the Impressionist paintings of Monet that Steer had seen in London. Although they look spontaneous, most of them took several years to complete.

September 2004

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