Wilhelmina Barns-Graham

Zennor Rock – Rose II

About this artwork

Wilhelmina Barns-Graham’s paintings respond to geological formations and the natural environment, from seaside rocks to glaciers. This painting belongs to a group of studies inspired by the rock formations at Zennor, near St. Ives. The artist had a studio there and worked among the active artistic community in the area. In this painting, the paint has been scraped to produce a textured surface. This reveals the pencil lines underneath, which show that the work has been structured using geometrical proportions. The flattening of the picture space underlines the abstract nature of the painting, yet although abstract, Barns-Graham’s work takes the rhythms and forms of nature as its primary inspiration.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
  • title:
    Zennor Rock – Rose II
  • date created:
    1953
  • materials:
    Oil and pencil on wood
  • measurements:
    22.90 x 28.50 cm (framed: 34.00 x 39.50 x 2.00 cm)
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Bequeathed by Miss Elizabeth Watt 1989
  • accession number:
    GMA 3482
  • gallery:
  • subject:
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve
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Wilhelmina Barns-Graham

Wilhelmina Barns-Graham