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Beach Girl

© Sheila Lanyon. All rights reserved, DACS 2017. Photo credit: Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales

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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.

National Museum Wales, National Museum Cardiff

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  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    107 x 153 cm

  • Accession number

    NMW A 27155

  • Acquisition method

    purchased with the assistance of the Art Fund and the Derek Williams Trust, 2006


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