T03798 Snow, Sunshine, Rain 1957
Oil on canvas 48 × 86 (1220 × 2190)
Inscribed ‘Snow. Sunshine. Rain.’ at lower edge
Presented anonymously 1983
Prov: Acquired by the donor from the Beaux Art Gallery
Exh: Heinz Koppel, Beaux Arts Gallery, May–June 1958 (26)
‘Snow, Sunshine, Rain’ has a complex subject which was not discussed by the artist. This entry is based on conversations with his widow and with his pupil and friend Charles Burton. The date of the painting is given in the catalogue of the Beaux Arts Gallery exhibition.
Each detail of the painting had for the artist a specific meaning, although this is as likely to have been found after it was finished as before. There are several large paintings by Koppel like this in which the subject is seen in separate compartments, which were intended to be seen both as a sequence in time and all together. The precedent for this work is ‘Merthyr Blues’ (1955–6, oil on canvas, private collection, America. Repr. Heinz Koppel, Beaux Arts Gallery 1958 (25)). Both paintings show parts of Merthyr Tydfil and its suburb Dowlais, where the artist lived from 1944 to 1956, and both have a foreground that is part of, yet separate from, each of the three main compartments…