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Alan Reynolds [1926-]

Saga

1956

From Art of the 20th Century
Previously on display

In this winter landscape, the skeletal remains of dead plants burst out of the frozen earth, their spiky shapes echoing the sun’s rays.

During the mid-1950s, the English artist Alan Reynolds was working in a neo-Romantic style. Like Ceri Richards, Graham Sutherland, Paul Nash, and Frances Hodgkins, he was interested in an intuitive, poetic interpretation of the landscape. Here, he has given the winter scene a surreal edge.

A critic once described Reynolds’ late landscapes, like this one, as ‘the bleak configuration of a lunar landscape … communicating a mood as disquieting as it is indefinable’.

 

oil on canvas on hardboard

1774 (Height) x 1222 (Width) mm

Purchased 1957

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