Blake left London for Bath in 1969, where he formed a group called The Brotherhood of Ruralists. Inspired by the Pre- Raphaelites, the group sought to revive the painting of figures in idealised rural settings. This screenprint depicts a young girl with flowers in her hair. Behind her a grass-green background contrasts with bright red poppies which seem to dance and sway.
Girl in a Poppy Field, 1974
Screenprint on paper 41.3 x 27.3 cm © Peter Blake / DACS 2015
One of the leading figures in British pop art, Peter Blake is known for his urban realist subjects. Born in Dartford in 1932, he moved to London to study at the Royal College of Art in 1956. Remaining in the city for more than a decade, Blake was at the cultural centre of vibrant 1960s London. His work fuses high art and popular culture, referencing historical artworks, weekly magazines, children’s stories, movie stars and musicians. His output is famously broad ranging and includes painting, graphic design, collage, book illustration, sculpture and printing. He was the subject of a retrospective exhibition at Tate Britain in 1983.