Philip Sutton

The Tree

1958

Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 1372 x 1372 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 1960
Reference
T00330

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Philip Sutton paints figures and landscapes. He studied at the Slade School of Art, London, from 1949 to 1953 and was awarded a French State scholarship in 1952. He had his first solo show in London in 1956 and won prizes at the John Moores Liverpool Exhibition in 1957 and 1963. In that year he went to live in the Fiji Islands for eleven months with his wife and four small children and since then he has been known for his bright colour harmonies. In the 1950s and 1960s he lived in Snape, near Aldeburgh in Suffolk, and this is where 'The Tree' was painted. 'The Tree' depicts a fruit tree with its spring blossom in the artist's garden, and it was first exhibited in 1958 under the title of 'Spring'.

Gallery label, September 2004

Catalogue entry

T00330 THE TREE 1958

Inscr. on back of canvas, ‘The Tree 1958 Philip Sutton’.
Canvas, 54×54 (137×137).
Purchased from the artist (Grant-in-Aid) 1960.
Exh: Roland Browse and Delbanco, May 1958 (2, repr.), as ‘Spring’.

First exhibited as ‘Spring’. The artist confirmed (9 March 1960) that he preferred the title ‘The Tree’, and that the picture was of a fruit tree growing in his garden at Joy Cottage, Snape, near Aldeburgh, Suffolk. It was painted in the spring of 1958.

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II

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