Patrick Symons brought a rigorous approach to his paintings. He made numerous preliminary drawings and continually corrected his compositions, which can be analysed on many levels. He paid close attention to their geometry but also to their specific content. He was a keen botanist and this is reflected in the precision of his landscape paintings. Symons frequently worked on one subject over a long period and this is one of an extended series of intensely observed paintings of Wimbledon Common, which he first painted in 1967. The artist described the clearing in this painting as having been the site of much activity, with walkers and horses passing through. Symons himself is seen, sitting working under a tree.
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