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Peter Lanyon is one of many artists associated with St Ives in Cornwall, where he grew up. He knew the artists who moved to Cornwall, such as Adrian Stokes, Ben Nicholson, Barbara Hepworth and Naum Gabo, and his contemporaries included Sir Terry Frost, Patrick Heron and Brian Wynter. In the 1950s and 1960s they became known for vivid near-abstract painting, which often took the experience of landscape as a starting point, and deployed effects of colour, texture and the illusions of flatness and space on the surface of paintings. 'Beach Girl' points to a number of ways in which Lanyon’s work is distinct within this group of artists. He felt he had a distinct connectedness to the local landscape. Earlier in his career, for example, he described Cornish mining landscapes through dense images that suggested dark hollowed out spaces and jagged forms.
oil on canvas
H 107 x W 153 cm
NMW A 27155
purchased with the assistance of the Art Fund and the Derek Williams Trust, 2006