Adrian Stokes Olive Terraces 1938 and c.1952

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Artist
Adrian Stokes 1902–1972
Title
Olive Terraces
Date 1938 and c.1952
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 762 x 559 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1965
Reference
T00721
Not on display

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This picture was painted in 1938 at Rapallo on the Italian Riviera but was largely repainted some fourteen years later. The subject of a stable environment in which man and nature combine to orderly purpose had great appeal to Stokes. He wrote : 'The conditions of Mediterranean agriculture are nearly always gratifying to the aesthetic sense. Here, produce so often demands the sculptural, domestic and architectural aid of man ... Olives love their man-made terraces that go in stone perspective up the piedmont.'

September 2004

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