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Green Tree Form

© estate of Graham Sutherland. Photo credit: British Council Collection

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This work was painted in Pembrokeshire in Wales. Sutherland first visited Wales in 1934 and returned at regular intervals throughout the decade. It was here that he began to be aware of the landscape; at first attempting to paint on the spot but abandoning this for small sketches made on the back of envelopes or in a small sketchbook of forms that he found of interest and which would nourish his ideas. He began to see a kind of presence in certain natural elements and endowed them with human overtones.

British Council Collection





oil on canvas


H 60.5 x W 54.5 cm

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Acquisition method

purchased from Redfern Gallery, 1950

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Inscription description

blc: Sutherland 40


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British Council Collection

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