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This painting, as with a number of works from the 1950s, resolves Wells' fascination with the geometric forms of Constructivism and his love of the Cornish landscape. Angular forms are contained within evocatively textured surface through Wells' practice of repeatedly incising and scraping-back layers of paint to define form. Wells' method of selectively revealing layers of underpainting was inherited from Ben Nicholson, giving his ambiguous landscape compositions a geological dimension.
oil on cardboard
20.5 x 36 cm
gift from Margaret Gardiner, 1979
The Pier Arts Centre
Victoria Street, Stromness, Orkney Islands KW16 3AA ScotlandView venue
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