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Oil Painting - Vegetation

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ŠThe Estate of Prunella Clough

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Basic Information

Accession Number:2000Q50
Collection:Fine Art Paintings and Sculpture
Date:1999 - 1999

Maker Information

Artist:Prunella Clough - View biography for Prunella Clough


One of the last paintings by Prunella Clough, one of the most progressive and influential British painters of her generation. 'Vegetation' is composed of a mosaic of organic and geometric forms recalling aerial photography, aboriginal dot painting or prehistoric rock carving. The references are deliberately ambiguous, leaving the viewer's own imagination to respond. She said, 'Each painting is an exploration in unknown country, or as Manet said, it is like throwing oneself into the sea to learn to swim. Anything that the eye or the mind's eye sees with intensity and excitement will do as a start; it grows as a crystal or a tree grows, with its own logic'. (Picture Post, 1949)

Purchased by the Contemporary Art Society Special Collection Scheme with funds from the Arts Council Lottery and the Friends of Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery.

Further Information

Production Period:20th century
Medium:Oil and sand on canvas.


Height:1520 mm
Width:1840 mm