Graham Sutherland OM
Welsh Landscape with Roads 1936

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Welsh Landscape with Roads
Date 1936
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 610 x 914 mm
frame: 798 x 1107 x 85 mm
Acquisition Presented by the Contemporary Art Society 1946
Not on display

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This work derived from the hills and valley near Porthclais on the outskirts of St David's, Pembrokeshire. Sutherland wrote that such paintings expressed the 'intellectual and emotional' essence of a place. He conjures up a sense of the landscape's ancient past through the inclusion of the animal skull and what may be standing stones in the distance. The unnaturalistic colouring, dramatic shaft of sunlight and minuscule fleeing figure create a threatening atmosphere. While the theme of a tiny man dwarfed by nature was common in eighteenth century painting, Sutherland's transformation of the landscape into a eerie, primordial scene is distinctly modern.

August 2004

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