During the period 1934–6, John Piper focused exclusively on abstract art. The painting juxtaposes planes of white, tan, brown and black with straight and curving, solid and dotted lines.
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Oil paint and wooden dowels on canvas 53.3 x 63.5 cm Tate. Accepted by HM Government in lieu of inheritance tax and allocated to Tate 2002
A significant British twentieth-century artist, John Piper is known for his poetic depictions of the British landscape. Born in Epsom, Surrey, Piper began studying art in 1927 at The Richmond College of Art and then at the Royal College of Art. His early work reflected the trend for abstraction and was influenced by his frequent trips to Paris where he befriended the artist Alexander Calder. He worked across an extraordinary range of disciplines including designs for stained glass and theatre sets yet his powerful and romantic paintings of the British landscape are considered his most iconic work.