Music in a Garden
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Music in a Garden 1947
Wells had a very keen interest in music. This work is thought to have been inspired by his friend, the artist Sven Berlin, dancing to music in his garden. Wells was interested in the parallels between abstract painting and the structure of music, in terms of the use of rhythm, balance and tension. He also studied mathematical systems of proportion and used geometry in his paintings and collages. In this painting a grid marked in pencil can be seen beneath the paint; this was used to help create a balanced and harmonious composition.

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Abstract art

Art in which there is no attempt to represent anything existing in the world, particularly used of the 20th century onwards. ‘Abstraction’ refers to the process of making images that may in part derive from the visible world but which are reduced to basic formal elements.


An image constructed from found materials, such as photographs, paper or fabric, glued to a surface, sometimes with additional painted or drawn elements. It is an art form particularly associated with Dada and Surrealism.


The arrangement of different elements in a work of art.

Abstract art, Collage, Composition


  • Acc. No. GMA 4422
  • Medium Oil and pencil on canvas
  • Size 50.80 x 60.90 cm
  • Credit Bequeathed by John Wells 2000; received 2001