Peter Lanyon

BLACK WING NOVEMBER 1961

BLACK WING NOVEMBER 1961

1961 Peter Lanyon (1918 − 1964)

Lanyon qualified as a glider pilot in the summer of 1960. ‘The whole purpose (of gliding)’, he said, ‘was to get a more complete knowledge of the landscape and … (to) combine elements of land, sea and sky – earth, air and water. I have always watched birds in flight exploring the landscape, moving more freely than man, but in a glider I had the same freedom.’ His works became increasingly dominated by his impressions seen from the air, the interplay of light and atmosphere, sunshine, clouds and rain. Elements of the glider and its instrument panel began to appear, beside swirling linear elements describing the flight itself.

From the text of an illustrated lecture given by the artist for the British Council, 1962.

  • Accession Number P386
  • Dimensions 121.9 X 91.4 CM
  • Media OIL ON CANVAS

Glossary (2)

  • Landscape

    Landscape is one of the principle genres of Western art. In early paintings the landscape was a backdrop for the composition, but in the late 17th Century the appreciation of nature for its own sake began with the French and Dutch painters (from whom the term derived). Their treatment of the landscape differed: the French tried to evoke the classical landscape of ancient Greece and Rome in a highly stylised and artificial manner; the Dutch tried to paint the surrounding fields, woods and plains in a more realistic way. As a genre, landscape grew increasing popular, and by the 19th Century had moved away from a classical rendition to a more realistic view of the natural world. Two of the greatest British landscape artists of that time were John Constable and JMW Turner, whose works can be seen in the Tate collection (www.tate.org.uk). There can be no doubt that the evolution of landscape painting played a decisive role in the development of Modernism, culminating in the work of the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists . Since then its demise has often been predicted and with the rise of abstraction, landscape painting was thought to have degenerated into an amateur pursuit. However, landscape persisted in some form into high abstraction, and has been a recurrent a theme in most of the significant tendencies of the 20th Century. Now manifest in many media, landscape no longer addresses solely the depiction of topography, but encompasses issues of social, environmental and political concern.

  • Panel

    A wood, cooper, Masonite, or other hard surface on which to paint. Sometimes it is referred to as a board.

Work Theme

Past exhibitions

OUT OF BRITAIN

  • 2013
    • Romania, Bucharest, National Museum Of Art
  • 2012
    • Oman, Muscat, Bait Al Zubair Museum
    • Kuwait, Kuwait City, Contemporary Art Platform
    • Saudi Arabia, Al Kohbar, Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Science & Technology Center
    • Saudi Arabia, Jeddah, Athr Gallery
    • Saudi Arabia, Riyadh, Riyadh National Museum

FROM DESTRUCTION TO ABSTRACTION BRITISH ART IN THE 1940S AND 1950S

  • 2008
    • Syria, Damascus, University Of Damascus

'CORNWALL' PETER LANYON: PAINTINGS AND DRAWINGS/ANDREW LANYON: PHOTOGRAPHS

  • 1985
    • Spain, Valencia, Museo Nacional De Ceramica
    • Spain, Madrid, Centro Cultural De La Villa De Madrid
  • 1984
    • Portugal, Porto, Museu Nacional Soares Dos Reis
    • Portugal, Lisbon, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
    • Ireland, Limerick, Belltable Arts Centre
    • Ireland, Waterford, Garter Lane Arts Centre
    • Ireland, Cork, Triskel Arts Centre
    • Ireland, Kilkenny, Butler Gallery, Kilkenny Castle
  • 1975
    • Spain, Barcelona, Centre Cultural De La Caixa De Terrassa

BRITISK MALERI 1945-1970

  • 1972
    • Poland, Poznan, Museum Narodowe
    • Poland, Krakow, Museum Narodowe
    • Poland, Warsaw, Museum Narodwe Warszawie
    • Norway, Bergen, Kunstforeningen
    • Norway, Oslo, Kunstnerforbundet
    • Norway, Trondheim, Kunstforening

BRITISH PAINTINGS 1945-1970

  • 1972
    • Poland, Krakow, Museum Narodowe
    • Poland, Poznan, Museum Narodowe
    • Poland, Warsaw, Museum Narodwe Warszawie
    • Norway, Bergen, Kunstforeningen
    • Norway, Trondheim, Kunstforening
    • Norway, Oslo, Kunstnerforbundet

BRITISH CONTEMPORARY PAINTINGS

  • 1966
    • Gibraltar, Gibraltar, John Mackintosh Hall
    • Egypt, Alexandria, El Nasr Girl's College
    • Egypt, Cairo, Galerie Des Beaux Arts
  • 1965
    • United Arab Emirates, United Arab Emirates
    • Croatia, Zagreb, House Of Artists
    • Yugoslavia, Belgrade, Masarakova Art Pavilion
    • Yugoslavia, Skopje, Skopje City Art Gallery
    • Malta, Valletta, Palazzo De La Salle

CONTEMPORARY BRITISH PAINTING 1900-1962

  • 1964
    • Romania, Palace Of Culture
    • Romania, Bucharest, National Gallery
    • Slovakia, Bratislava, Mirbach Palace & Palffy Palace
    • Czechoslovakia, Prague, ULUV Exhibition Hall
  • 1963
    • Hungary, Budapest, Ernst Museum

JELENKORI BRIT FESTESZET

  • 1963
    • Hungary, Budapest, Ernst Museum
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