Modern British Art by Kenneth Rowntree: View from Putney studio, circa 1950 |


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Kenneth Rowntree:
View from Putney studio, circa 1950

Unmounted (ref: 6794)

47 by 64 cm

Tags: Kenneth Rowntree - A Kind of Simplicity

Literature: John Milner, Kenneth Rowntree, Lund Humphries, 2002, p 60.

Between 1950 and 1970 Kenneth Rowntree and his family lived in Putney:
In a Chronology compiled  for the 2002 Lund Humphries book, written by John Milner, Diana Rowntree recalled, We found a house on the Thames, upstream of Putney Bridge, and turned the attic into a studio.  Its comfort permanently slowed Kenneth's working speed from the swift tempo demanded by one-day forays into distant landscapes.

The Thames provided Rowntree with a steady stream of subjects - views from his window,paintings of  Putney Reach, and night time scenes such as Putney Bridge, Nightpiece, (an example of which is in the Government Art Collection) which, in a twentieth century modernist idiom, recall Whistlers night paintings.

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