John Tunnard
Tol Pedn 1942

Artwork details

Artist
John Tunnard 1900–1971
Title
Tol Pedn
Date 1942
Medium Oil paint and graphite on board
Dimensions Support: 733 x 641 mm
frame: 915 x 815 x 50 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1981
Reference
T03227

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Like a number of British artists, Tunnard was attracted to aspects of Surrealism in the late 1930s while retaining his independence. He exhibited at Peggy Guggenheim’s Surrealist-orientated gallery in London in 1939 before moving to Cornwall during the war. There he served as a coastguard. Tol-Pedn, Penwith, near to Tunnard’s home on the Lizard, is the most southerly point of the British mainland. Its concrete landmarks appear to have stimulated Tunnard’s abstraction of the landscape.

October 2011

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