Peter Lanyon

LOW TIDE

LOW TIDE

1959 Peter Lanyon (1918 − 1964)

Lanyon had been always been interested in places where solids and fluids come together, such as the meeting of sea and cliff, of wind and rock, and wanted his work to capture all of his feelings about the land- or seascape and the effects of wind and rain and spume. In his paintings there is a sense of things moving backwards and forwards, and the handling of paint, from light washes to thick impasto, give an illusion of depth. In a recorded talk Lanyon spoke about the movement of surf: ‘When you are close to the water, the horizon disappears. The surf comes in and undermines your feet. I am fascinated by this kind of unbalance, the feeling you have when you look over the edge of a cliff and turn your head to one side… In Low Tide the (surf) is much calmer … there’s a suggestion of a figure – right down in the sea, in the shallow water. It’s a picture of sky and sea; there’s no land in it at all.’

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

  • Accession Number P330
  • Dimensions 152.5 X 76 CM
  • Media OIL ON CANVAS

Work Themes (2)

Past exhibitions

THE FIFTIES

  • 1999
    • Spain, Jerez, Sala Pescaderia Vieja, Ayunamiento De Jerez
    • Spain, Barcelona, Centre Cultural De La Caixa De Terrassa
    • Spain, Salamanca, Palacio De Abrantes
    • Netherlands, Amstelveen, Cobra Museum
    • Spain, Pamplona, Recinto Ciudadela
    • Spain, La Coruna, Fondacion Barrie De La Maza
  • 1998
    • Ireland, Dublin, Royal Hibernian Academy
  • 1997
    • Cyprus, Nicosia, Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre

PETER LANYON PAINTINGS, DRAWINGS AND CONSTRUCTIONS 1937-64

  • 1978
    • UK, Bristol, Royal West Of England Academy
    • UK, Cambridge, Kettle's Yard
    • Scotland, Glasgow, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
    • UK, Manchester, Whitworth Art Gallery

PETER LANYON

  • 1968
    • UK, Liverpool, Walker Art Gallery
    • UK, Birmingham, Birmingham City Museum And Art Gallery
    • UK, Newcastle, Laing Art Gallery
    • UK, Plymouth, Plymouth City Museum And Art Gallery
    • UK, London, Tate Gallery

SOME ASPECTS OF CONTEMPORARY BRITISH PAINTING

  • 1964
    • Denmark, Humlebaek, Louisiana Museum Of Modern Art
    • Canada, Edmonton Art Gallery
    • Canada, Norman Mackenzie Art Gallery, University of Regina
    • Canada, Winnipeg Art Gallery
    • Canada, National Gallery Of Canada
    • Canada, Montreal Museum Of Fine Arts
    • UK, London, Public Library
  • 1963
    • Canada, Art Gallery Of Ontario
    • Iceland, Reykjavik, National Museum

ARTE BRITANICA NO SECULO XX

  • 1962
    • Portugal, Lisbon, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

VIII EXPOSITION INTERNATIONALE DES ARTISTES PEINTURES ET AMATEURS D'ART DE TUNISIE

  • 1961
    • Tunisia, Tunis, Maison Associations Culturelles
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