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10,614. Less contentious is the formative impact that Picasso had on the two most potent British painters to emerge during and after the Second World War – Francis Bacon and Graham Sutherland. Bacon destroyed most of his early work from the thirties. (Artists: Picasso & Artists: Bacon & Artists: Sutherland) Tim Marlow on ... Picasso and Modern British Art
10,615. Sutherland too looked closely at Guernica. (Artists: Picasso & Artists: Sutherland) ibid.
11,493. Graham Sutherland was a kind of gentleman artist and a romantic at heart. Dr James Fox, British Masters III: A New Jerusalem
11,494. After the Second World War Sutherland’s work would undergo a radical shift. ibid.
11,495. The Crucifixion: Here it is. This is as close to an old master painting as you can get in the twentieth century. ibid.
11,496. Painter of imaginative landscapes, still life, figure pieces and portraits. Born 24 August 1903 in London. Abandoned a railway engineering apprenticeship after a year and studied at Goldsmiths’ College School of Art 1920–5, where he specialized in engraving and etching ... Participated in the International Surrealist Exhibition in London 1936. First one-man exhibition of his oil paintings, mainly Welsh landscapes, at the Paul Rosenberg and Helft Gallery 1938. As an Official War Artist 1941–4 painted scenes of bomb devastation and of work in mines and foundries. First New York exhibition at the Buchholz Gallery 1946, and in the same year completed the Crucifixion for St Matthew’s Church, Northampton. Taught painting at Goldsmiths’ College as visiting instructor 1946–7. Since 1947 has worked for several months each year on the French Riviera. Tate online
11,497. Graham Sutherland (1903-1980) was one of the great British landscape painters and, during the 1940s and ’50s, one of the most famous artists in this country. Initially inspired by the visionary landscapes of eighteenth and nineteenth-century artists such as William Blake and Samuel Palmer, Sutherland transcended his influences to create a vocabulary that was uniquely his own. This show highlights the brilliant power of Sutherland’s imagination and demonstrates the diverse ways in which he transformed his experience of his environment.
The exhibition consists of striking, otherworldly landscapes from throughout Sutherland’s career: early, meticulous etchings which owe a debt to masters such as Rembrandt, Whistler and Palmer, wonderfully fluid drawings and iconic paintings from the 1930s and ’40s with their haunting forms, sinuous lines and daring compositions, and mysterious late landscapes, rich in colour and often monumental in scale. Abbot Hall Art Gallery online
11,721. A remarkable example of modern art. It certainly combines force with candour. Winston Churchill, of Graham Sutherland’s portrait of Lady Churchill which she destroyed
90,134. None of these faces can be taken at face value. Because no portrait is as simple as it first seems. Every portrait is the result of a three way contest ... the sitter ... the artist ... not least the verdict of the public. (Art & Artists: Sutherland) Face of Britain by Simon Schama, BBC 2015
90,135. Winston Churchill by Graham Sutherland: ‘This clash of the titans, this duel of the egos’. (Art & Artists: Sutherland & Churchill) ibid.
90,136. Sutherland is distraught and humiliated by the whole thing. (Art & Artists: Sutherland & Churchill) ibid.
90,137. One of the great masterpieces of British portraiture. (Art & Artists: Sutherland & Churchill) ibid.
110,641. Graham Sutherland chose to give industry a human face. (Art & Artists: Sutherland) Awesome Beauty: The Art of Industrial Landscapes, BBC 2017