Spencer Gore

The Beanfield, Letchworth

1912

Not on display
Artist
Spencer Gore 1878–1914
Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 305 x 406 mm
frame: 462 x 562 x 57 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 1974
Reference
T01859

Display caption

From August to November 1912 Gore stayed in Harold Gilman's house in Letchworth while Gilman was away in Scandinavia. Letchworth was a New Town, and so at the forefront of contemporary ideas about town planning and modern living. Gore produced some of his most stylistically original work while living there. In his landscapes he used a bright, unrealistic palette and arranged shapes into geometric patterns. 'The Beanfield' is notable for the zig-zag border of the coloured bean plants in the foreground. Gilman wrote that Gore told him that 'the colour found in natural objects (in the field of beans) is collected into patterns'.

Gallery label, September 2004

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