Bryan Wynter

Seedtime

1958–9

Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 1422 x 1118 mm
frame: 1460 x 1158 x 45 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 1962
Reference
T00558

Display caption

Wynter painted 'Seedtime' over several months between 1958 and 1959. Its fragmented and calligraphic design demonstrates the artist's interest in space, structure and movement. Such works brought him to public attention and gained for him a reputation nationally and internationally. Wynter acknowledged that his paintings were no longer directly representational but maintained that they were still linked to nature. 'I used to be a landscape painter. Am I still influenced by landscape? The landscape I live among is bare of houses, trees, people; is dominated by winds, by swift changes of weather, by moods of the sea...These elemental forces enter the painting and lend their qualities without becoming motifs'.

Gallery label, September 2004

Catalogue entry

T00558 SEEDTIME 1958–9

Inscr. ‘Seed Time No. 19’ twice on back of stretcher.
Canvas, 56×44 (142·5×111·5).
Purchased from the Waddington Galleries (Grant-in-Aid) 1962.
Exh: Waddington Galleries, March–April 1959 (19); British Council tour, Contemporary British Painting, Cyprus, Lebanon, Iran and Iraq, 1961–2 (16).

The artist wrote that ‘the painting “Seedtime” was begun in the late summer of '58 and completed early in '59. I am in the habit of painting ten to fifteen canvases at a time and working on all for a considerable period. I date them therefore, by the year in which they were completed’ (letter of 6 February 1963).

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