John Piper

(31) View from John Piper's Cottage, Garn Fawr, Pembrokeshire

  • Inscribed and dated 'GF 22 IV 75'
  • Mixed media
  • 15.5 x 23 ins

On Loan

Piper made many highly abstracted paintings based on this view, sometimes leaving the curve of the road as the only relatable representational feature and often giving them the title 'The Road South'. This work in mixed media offers an unusually literal treatment of the scene, clearly showing the roadside telegraph poles and - on the left - the houses and chapel of the hamlet called Harmony. The work is very closely related to a photograph Piper took of the same view [TGA 8728/3/12/68], down to the position of the sun and clouds. It therefore helps to inform our understanding of how, when painting in the studio, Piper occasionally used
photographs as well as sketchbooks for reference.