John Craxton

Welsh Estuary Foreshore

About this artwork

Accompanied by the artist Graham Sutherland, John Craxton visited Pembrokeshire in 1943. On his return, he painted this picture on a sheet of burlap that a friend had wrapped around some books. Craxton said, "I pinned it to a wall and worked on it and it became a synthesis of ideas, objects and forms gathered during my visits to Pembrokeshire". The shape of the shoreline can be seen in the picture, while the eye-like form on the shore is a kind of cuttlefish, partly inspired by a painting of a weeping woman by Picasso.

  • title:
    Welsh Estuary Foreshore
  • accession number:
    GMA 1257
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  • materials:
    Oil on burlap
  • date created:
    1943
  • measurements:
    112.30 x 180.30 cm (framed: 131.00 x 199.00 x 6.50 cm)
  • credit line:
    Purchased 1972
  • copyright:
    © Estate of John Craxton. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2018.
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve

John Craxton

John Craxton