An exhibition of landscape paintings by Graham Sutherland, who brought the surreal to the British countryside.

A neo-Romantic inspired by the pastoral subjects of Samuel Palmer, Graham Sutherland’s haunting paintings captured the rugged beauty of the countryside and the oppressive forces of creeping industrialisation upon it.

For much of the 1930s he chose to paint the Pembrokeshire landscape, attempting to express 'the intellectual and emotional' essence of the place. By using dramatic shifts in light, unnaturalistic colouring and animal skulls, he would transform the countryside into a bleak, primordial world in which man and nature were at odds with one another.

This exhibition explores Sutherland’s surreal transformation of the natural forms he chanced upon, creating extraordinary paintings in the process.

Abbot Hall Art Gallery

Abbot Hall, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 5AL

01539 722464


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