Graham Sutherland

Illustration to Poem I Blazing Taper on Lofty Hills

Illustration to Poem I Blazing Taper on Lofty Hills by Graham Sutherland

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From 1940 to 1945 Sutherland was employed as an Official War Artist to make depictions of bomb damage in South Wales and London. Like Picasso and Colin McCahon, Sutherland uses the burning candle to symbolise hope at a time of devastation. While the innovations that sprang from the Modern School of Paris had a direct influence on many artists working in England, their work was never derivative, instead responding to the particular forms and objects found in the English landscape.

Title
Illustration to Poem I Blazing Taper on Lofty Hills
Artist/creator
Production date
1943
Medium
colour lithograph
Dimensions
258 x 382 mm
Inscription
Signed (in block) Sutherland 43. (l.l.). So I have seen a well built castle stand upon the tip-toes of a lofty hill...... (lower left side of work - part of poem) Signed Graham Sutherland 1943 (pencil l.l.). Verso; (pencil) 4422 (c) AAG stamp No. 967 (l.r.) Purple biro No. 3 (l.r.)
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Rex Nan Kivell, 1953
Accession no
1953/2/2
Copyright
Copying restrictions apply
Department
International Art
Display status
Not on display

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