Bryan Wynter

Cyclamen

About this artwork

‘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.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
  • title:
    Cyclamen
  • date created:
    Dated 1948
  • materials:
    Gouache with monotype on paper
  • measurements:
    Irregular: 50.50 x 37.40 cm (framed: 74.00 x 58.00 x 3.20 cm)
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Bequeathed by Miss Elizabeth Watt 1989
  • accession number:
    GMA 3527
  • gallery:
  • subject:
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve
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Bryan Wynter

Bryan Wynter