Few of Piper's abstract works , created between 1934 and 1937 have survived. This work was dismantled and was then reconstructed by the artist in 1967, following a photograph and using some original elements.
Date of work
Oil paint, zinc, wood, glass and dowelling on canvas on plywood 100.6 x 115.9 cm Tate. Purchased 1968
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.