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© estate of Prunella Clough. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo credit: Colchester and Ipswich Museums Service: Ipswich Borough Council Collection

Sweetpack 1988

Prunella Clough (1919–1999)

Colchester and Ipswich Museums Service: Ipswich Borough Council Collection

British painter, born in Chelsea, London. Her father was a civil servant; more significantly, her aunt was the important modern designer Eileen Gray. Clough studied painting at Chelsea School of Art and Camberwell School of Art, holding her first solo exhibition at the Leger Gallery, London, in 1947. In the war years and after, she was closely linked with representatives of *Neo-Romanticism such as Robert *Colquhoun, Keith *Vaughan, and John *Minton. Later she associated with left-wing supporters of *Social Realism such as Derrick *Greaves, John *Berger, and especially the sculptor Ghisha Koenig (1921–93). Her early paintings combine two tendencies: the Neo-Romantic ‘spirit of place’; and concern with the ‘particular and the vivid’ representation of working lives which was an aim of Social Realism.

Text source: A Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Art (Oxford University Press)


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