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Four Figures in a Mountain Landscape

© estate of John Craxton. All rights reserved, DACS 2017. Photo credit: Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives

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In the 1940s John Craxton had rejected the style of the Euston Road School, which he considered drab in colour and academic in brushwork. He also realised that total abstraction was too limited for him: 'I had always been drawn towards certain features of landscape, and a human identity in it, an inhabited landscape if you like'. He travelled widely after the end of the Second World War and it was probably in the mountains of Crete, which he visited during the summer of 1950, that he made his first studies for this painting.

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    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    160 x 213.3 cm

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  • Acquisition method

    purchased with the assistance of the Friends of Bristol Art Gallery, 1952


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