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Graham Sutherland

"In Provence, I suddenly felt a great excitement for the painting of Cezanne and Van Gogh."


Notes of biography

Graham Vivian Sutherland is born during the summer of 1903 in London. After his studies in this city, he becomes an engineer for an English railway company (Midland Railway) in Derby. He studies engraving (1921-26) at Goldsmiths College, and gets married in 1927. From 1928 until 1932, Graham Sutherland teaches etching and book illustration. Influenced by Samuel Palmer, his early engravings show a concern for a pastoral theme.
Because of the collapse of the market for engraving due to the Great Depression, Graham Sutherland starts to paint "seriously" at the age of about 35. His work shows a great affinity with that of Paul Nash. Sutherland is interested in the inherent strangeness of forms, and his work takes a Surrealist turn. In 1936, he is among the artists invited to the International Surrealist Exhibition of London.
He creates works on glass, fabric design, and posters, and teaches in several universities of art in London. In 1934, his first visit to Pembrokeshire leaves him, for a time, inspired by neo-romanticism. From the beginning of the Second World War, Graham Sutherland works as an official “war painter”: he works on the front, his paintings illustrating the war and its damages.
The artist, who converted to Catholicism in 1926, becomes deeply involved in his religion at the beginning of the 1950’s (and remains so until the end of his life). He creates numerous religious works (“The Crucifixion” for St. Matthew’s at Northampton and “Christ in Glory”, a tapestry for Coventry Cathedral, among others). He continues to work with natural forms; often regarded as threathening, these forms, sometimes entirely invented, are organic in appearance.
From 1947 until the middle of the 1960’s, his work is inspired by the south of France, where he takes a residence (Menton) in 1955. His art will have an enormous impact on a generation of English artists in the Sixties. Graham Sutherland is also known for his portraits (Somerset Maugham, Winston Churchill, and so forth). He dies on 17 February 1980.
His work will have been exhibited at the Venice Biennale (1952) and at the Biennale of San Paolo (1955). Many retrospective exhibitions of his work will be organised: France (1988), Tate Gallery (1982), Dulwich Picture Gallery (2005). A follower of no formal school, Sutherland is considered a master of a style that is entirely his own.

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Some were created in lithographic technic, most are simple offset reproductions. They are many those who like collecting these rectangles of paper, monochrome or in games of colours, in matt paper or brilliant, with many words or almost dumb.

We are happy also to be able to greet, by this pages, mythical galleries as those of Denise René, Louis Carré, Claude Bernard, Berheim Jeune, Maeght, Pierre Loeb and others.


Complete work(s)

Complete work(s)
*« The work », D. Cooper, Lund & Humphries Publishers, Londres, 1962 *« G. Sutherland: Complete graphic work », Graham Vivian Sutherland, Rizzoli Publ., 1979 All the complete works

Bibliographic track and more

To read about the artist :
  • « Graham Sutherland », E. Sackville-West, Ed. Penguin Books, 1943
  • « The work of Sutherland », Lund Humphries, 1962
  • « Art of Graham Sutherland », John Hayes, Phaidon - Hippocrene Books, 1980
  • « Graham Sutherland: A Biography », Roger Berthoud, Faber and Faber, 1982
  • « Graham Sutherland : Inpirations », Rosalind Thuillier, Ed. Lutterworth Press, 1982
  • « Graham Sutherland, early etchings », Ed. Gordon Cooke, 1993
  • « Sutherland, une rétrospective », M. Fréchuret et autres, Ed. R.M.N, 1998
  • « Landscapes, War scenes, Portraits, 1924-1950 », M. Hammer, Scala Publ., 2005
  • « Graham Sutherland : From darkness into light », Gough et autres, Ed. Sansom, 2014
  • « Graham Sutherland : Life, work and ideas », R. Thuillier, Ed. Lutterworth Press, 2015
To read from the artist :
  • « Graham Sutherland », Graham Vivian Sutherland, H.N. Abrams, 1975
  • « G. Sutherland : An unfinished world », G. Shaw et autres, Ed. Modern Art Oxford, 2011
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Art movements

+ SURREALISM / 1924-1969 / Marcel Duchamp, Dora Maar, Kurt Schwitters, Taro Okamoto, Antonio Berni, etc.
+ SCHOOL OF LONDON / 1960 / Lucian Freud, Michael Andrews, Frank Auerbach, Leon Kossoff, etc.
All art movements

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