Skip to Main Content
John Piper, ‘Tall Forms on Dark Blue’, 1937, The Fine Art Society
Save
Save
View
View in room
Share
Share

John Piper

Tall Forms on Dark Blue, 1937

Oil and ripolin on canvas laid on board
29 9/10 × 10 4/5 in
76 × 27.5 cm
About the work
John Piper
British, 1903–1992
Follow

After a career spanning the 20th century, British artist John Piper is recognized for his mastery in painting landscapes and architecture. During WWI, Piper was inspired by artists of the avant-garde like his friend Alexander Calder, though the conclusion of the war provoked a move to representational subjects and inclusion in the Seven and Five Society (dedicated to a “return to order” in post-war art). WWII was also of great impact to Piper's work—selected as the official war artist, he depicted the ruins of the England, employing his aptitude for depicting landscapes and imperial homes to portray the loss and aftermath of bombings. Often painting at night with buildings still ablaze, Piper created impassioned representations of the wartime atmosphere, defining a romantic perspective of architecture and topography engrained in his work thereafter.

John Piper, ‘Tall Forms on Dark Blue’, 1937, The Fine Art Society
Save
Save
View
View in room
Share
Share
About the work
John Piper
British, 1903–1992
Follow

After a career spanning the 20th century, British artist John Piper is recognized for his mastery in painting landscapes and architecture. During WWI, Piper was inspired by artists of the avant-garde like his friend Alexander Calder, though the conclusion of the war provoked a move to representational subjects and inclusion in the Seven and Five Society (dedicated to a “return to order” in post-war art). WWII was also of great impact to Piper's work—selected as the official war artist, he depicted the ruins of the England, employing his aptitude for depicting landscapes and imperial homes to portray the loss and aftermath of bombings. Often painting at night with buildings still ablaze, Piper created impassioned representations of the wartime atmosphere, defining a romantic perspective of architecture and topography engrained in his work thereafter.

John Piper

Tall Forms on Dark Blue, 1937

Oil and ripolin on canvas laid on board
29 9/10 × 10 4/5 in
76 × 27.5 cm
Other works by John Piper
Related works
Most Similar