Graham Sutherland OM
Clegyr Boia 1938

Artwork details

Clegyr Boia
Date 1938
Medium Etching and aquatint on paper
Dimensions Image: 124 x 188 mm
support: 168 x 227 mm
Acquisition Presented by the artist 1970
View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

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This print is shows Clegyr Boia, the rocky outcrop west of St David's, Pembrokeshire, Wales. Sutherland visited the area each summer from 1934 to 1939. His pensive and atmospheric Welsh landscapes came to be seen as premonitions of war, expressive of the prevailing mood of anxiety and menace. Many critics identified him as a descendant of Blake; Graham Bell, for example, wrote:

Sutherland is the phoenix Blake, the burning mystic making a black sun in a brazen world... Sutherland has called up most powerfully a poetic apprehension of our time.

August 2004

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