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A Little Drawing

Alan Reynolds (1926-2014)


Signed and dated 53

Pen ink and watercolour

5 ½ x 8 inches

'A Century of British Art: 1945-2010', Chris Beetles Gallery, 5 October-6 November 2021, No 231

During the early 1950s, Alan Reynolds made landscape sketches in both his native East Anglia and his adoptive Kent, and then returned to his studio to develop them into finished drawings and paintings. He explained in the catalogue to his 1953 exhibition at London’s Redfern Gallery that he was interested in reconciling the poetry of nature ‘with the elements of design and composition’. As a result, he would often combine natural elements with the geometric shapes of buildings in order to create an organic abstracted whole. In the present example, the downward diagonals of domestic roofs knit with the upward reaching curves of trees.

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