Cyclamen
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Cyclamen Dated 1948
‘Cyclamen’ is an example of Wynter’s approach to painting in the late 1940s, before he evolved a more abstract style for which he is better known. In 1946 Wynter saw a Georges Braque exhibition at the Tate Gallery and this influenced his approach for several years. This is visible here in the breaking down of the composition into surfaces, creating an angular, cubist feel. The scene beyond the still life shows a view across the bay at Wynter’s home, The Carn, near St Ives. Across the paper is an underlying texture created by a monotype print, which Wynter used as the initial base for most of his gouaches at this time. It creates a unique surface that the artist built into the overall patterning, identifiable here in the surface texture of the plant’s leaves.

Glossary Open

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.

Composition

The arrangement of different elements in a work of art.

Cubism

A style of painting originated by Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso in the first two decades of the 20th century. Instead of painting a figure or object from a fixed position they represented it from multiple viewpoints.

Gouache

Usually refers to watercolour mixed with white pigment that retains the fluidity of the former but without the transparency. The term body-colour is also used.

Monotype

A printmaking technique in which an artist draws or paints onto a flat glass or metal surface and then presses paper onto the image to make an impression. A method for producing single, unique prints.

Print

An image pressed or stamped onto paper or fabric. This encompasses a wide variety of techniques, usually produced in multiples, although one-off prints, known as monoprints, are also included. The term is also applied to photographic images.

Abstract art, Composition, Cubism , Gouache, Monotype, Print

Details

  • Acc. No. GMA 3527
  • Medium Gouache with monotype on paper
  • Size 50.50 x 37.40 cm (irregular) (framed: 58.00 x 73.30 x 3.20 cm)
  • Credit Bequeathed by Miss Elizabeth Watt 1989