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Promenade, Etretat

Peter Coker (1926-2004)


Signed, inscribed with title and dated 1987 on stretcher
Signed and dated on reverse of canvas

Oil on canvas

51 ½ x 77 inches

Mr and Mrs Nick Ross

Peter Coker RA, London: Chris Beetles Ltd, 2002, pages 12 (detail), 106 and 139 (detail), Catalogue Raisonné no 525

'Contemporary Art for Personal and Corporate Collectors. Over 150 works by British artists', The Minories, Colchester, 1988;
'Chris Beetles Summer Show', Chris Beetles Gallery, London, 2000, no 66;
'Home and Abroad: The Landscapes of Peter Coker RA and Keith Grant', Chris Beetles Gallery, London, April-May 2024

'Early in Peter's career, Etretat had seemed like a touchstone, the place and the painters it had attracted embodying all that he most valued. Yet, while he continued to draw on its inspiration over the years, it seems significant that he should have made it the subject of another major statement in 1987. For at that time, he was beginning to evolve another maritime theme, that of fishing nets hanging to dry [Achiltibuie, Scotland]... Its mood is signalled by its central motif, of windsurfers launching themselves out to sea. It is adventurous and ambitious, but in a relaxed and playful way. As such, it is antithetical to the passionate imagery of fishermen at work in an often harsh environment.'
Peter Coker RA, 2002, page 106

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