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Electrical Landscape
© Estate of Prunella Clough 2015. All Rights Reserved DACS

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Electrical Landscape 1960

Not on display

Clough’s paintings of the late 1950s to early 1960s record the simplified forms of industrial scenes, reflecting the growing urbanisation and industrialisation of Britain at that time. She visited gasworks, cooling towers and chemical and electrical works, taking inspiration from the shapes and colours of the scenes. Clough’s work was becoming increasingly abstract, as seen in this painting, but it still retained a figurative basis. Although she has employed a limited range of colours, as is characteristic of her early work, the artist has created texture by scraping areas of the paint. The faint oval shapes in the vertical band at the centre of the painting recall electricity pylons.

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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.

Figurative art

A general term for art that refers to the real, visible world, used more specifically for the representation of the human figure.

Abstract art, Figurative art


  • Acc. No. GMA 1535
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 162.00 x 152.80 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1976