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SUTHERLAND, Graham (1903 - 1980)
Media: oil on canvas
Size: 178.5 x 172.3 cm
Acquired: 1989; Transfer; Graham Sutherland Foundation
Accession Number: NMW A 2263
In this painting, titled St Ishmaels after a Pembrokeshire hamlet, Sutherland brings together the walled forest he found there with an eroded tree from Picton beach, some 15 miles away. He explained that in this constructed scene “the time of day is late afternoon on a dull day, with the sun breaking through between the interstices of the branches”. The large circle may suggest a camera lens. The idea of looking is repeated by the suggestion of an eye, surveying the scene from amongst the twisted tree forms.
Work not on display