Graham Sutherland OM
Form over River 1971–2

Artwork details

Form over River
Date 1971–2
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1797 x 1737 mm
Acquisition Presented by Alistair McAlpine (later Lord McAlpine of West Green) through the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1973
Not on display

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This was based on studies made on the banks of Eastern Cleddau, Picton Park, in Pembrokeshire, in the summer of 1971. Sutherland described the making of this picture: 'As with all my other organic forms - especially those deriving from the country here, it was the result of a chance encounter. Always one in a thousand such encounters are meaningful to me or productive, but those which are, have in their structure a movement and an equilibrium which straight away finds a response in my own make up. The colour was used to emphasise the mood of the ambience but only in certain aspects was it the actual colour of the object'.

April 1994

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