PETER BROOK RBA 1927-2009
'Calling for a Brew (with More Snow Coming)'
oil on board
51 x 71 cm (20 x 28 in)
After discovering a cache of Victorian photographs, Brook became fascinated by the graphic and tonal qualities of the images and began to incorporate a kind of lucid nostalgia into his views of everyday Yorkshire. He developed a technique using several scrim-like layers of thin, smoothly painted oils to create depth, while preserving the essential planar form of his compositions. Equally, the photographs' inscriptions turned Brook's attention to titles, which became an important part of his work, alternately lending his pictures a sense of wit, poetry or mystery.
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