JOHN PIPER LG 1903-1992

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The Camargue

Watercolour ink & pastel signed

14 x 21 in.


Provenance: The Laing Gallery , Toronto


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John Piper was unique amongst twentieth century artists. No other artist since Turner has done more to celebrate the English Landscape.On leaving school he was forced to enter his father’s law firm to train as a solicitor, but following his father’s death in 1926 he enrolled in the Richmond School of Art and a year later at the Royal College of Art.The 1930s saw him forming friendships with Henry Moore and Ivor Hitchens, Ben Nicholson,  Barbara   Hepworth and Paul Nash. He exhibited regularly with the London Group and wrote articles for  various periodicals and magazines. At this time he co-operated with his close friend,the poet John  Betjeman, on the Shell Guides to Britain. During the war he was commissioned to record bomb damage in London,    Bristol and Coventry, and in 1944 he was made an official war artist.As well as for his abstract work, he became famous for his paintings of churches, castles and stately homes. He was also an author of books, a designer of stained glass, photographer, etcher, print maker and designer of costumes and scenery. During the 1960s his use of colour became more extreme. Like the Fauves, whom he greatly admired, he used colour expressively rather than literally. Piper was a consummate artist, always eager to explore new ideas and techniques and always demanding the highest standards. His love of Britain and her houses, castles and churches shine out in his work. He died at his home in Oxfordshire in 1992.


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