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Fountain, small version

SUTHERLAND, Graham (1903 - 1980)

Fountain, Small Version
© Estate of Graham Sutherland

Date: 1965

Media: oil on canvas

Size: 63.5 x 53.3 cm

Accession Number: NMW A 2277

This painting is one of a series Sutherland produced on the theme of fountains and running water in the mid 1960s. The fountain is typical of the region around Menton but it is re-imagined amongst profuse foliage and gains a mysterious atmosphere. The black and green leaves set against deep blue create a strong, graphic pattern. This is reminiscent of both Sutherland’s designs for textiles and tapestries and also of the work of Henri Matisse whom Sutherland greatly admired.

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