George Warner AllenThe Return from Cythera 1985-6

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George Warner Allen (1916‑1988)
The Return from Cythera
Date 1985-6
MediumOil paint and tempera on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 1165 x 1270 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1992
Not on display


Allen painted two versions of The Return from Cythera, of which this is the second. He decided to paint a second version because he felt the first, painted in 1975-7, was too small for the subject matter and that the trees lacked the appropriate tonality. In keeping with his lifelong practice, he used highly traditional techniques to paint the picture, which included grinding his own paint and applying thin oil glazes to tempera underpainting to enhance colour and form. The strong colour contrasts and the chromatic intensity of the painting are hallmarks of his later work. As with most of his landscape paintings it depicts the countryside near his home in Wallingford, Oxfordshire, where the picture was painted… (read more)

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