Graham Sutherland OM
Pastoral 1930

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Date 1930
Medium Etching on paper
Dimensions Image: 130 x 190 mm
support: 169 x 228 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1970
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During the 1920s Sutherland produced a series of prints and drawings directly inspired by the example of Samuel Palmer. The series culminated in this work, whose simplified forms and detailed technique recall Palmer. However, the strange shadows and bizarrely gnarled and twisted tree trunks strike a more personal note. Here Sutherland transforms the Palmeresque evocation of an Arcadian idyll into a more pagan image, replacing traditional Christian symbolism with animistic forces. The sense of brooding drama seen here was developed in Sutherland's landscape paintings of the late 1930s and early 1940s.

August 2004

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