Letchworth Station by Spencer Frederick Gore

This work moved Gore in a conceptual direction.

Details

Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
62 x 72.5 cm
Art Fund grant:
£5,000 ( Total: £33,120)
Acquired in:
1984
Vendor:
Anthony d'Offay Gallery

The colour is more arbitrary; with a startling brilliance of hue. He takes a modernist's delight in the unexpected scene, contrasting landscape with 'new town', the tough grass and distant country with the bright posters and clean-cut lines of the station buildings. In the waiting passengers we see a sample of 'garden city' population- predominantly women whose long skirts and large hats seem curiously at odds with their surroundings. The picture is an interesting historical document, showing Letchworth and the station in the early years, and also represents an important stage in the painter's development

Provenance

Hugh Baker; Peter Cochrane.

Venue details

National Railway Museum Leeman Road, YORK North Yorkshire YO26 4XJ 0844 815 3139 www.nrm.org.uk

Entry details

Free to all

Daily, 10am – 5pm (until 6pm Summer)

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