Piper, John: Alpilles


A simply beautiful limited edition etching with aquatint full of colour and life and which has the appearance of a watercolour, numbered 63 of 70 and attractively framed.

The Chaîne des Alpilles is a small range of low mountains in Provence in southern France, located about 20 km south of Avignon. The Alpilles were immortalised in art by Van Gogh who painted many images of the Alpilles’ landscapes during his time in Saint Remy-de-Provence on the north side of the mountains.

Artist: John Piper (British, 1903-1992)

Title and date: Alpilles, 1989, (Levinson 425)

Size: 40.7 x 61.3 cms.


Artist description: Born in Epsom, John Egerton Christmas Piper studied at Richmond School of Art and the Royal College of Art from 1926-8. In the mid 1930a, after a visit to Paris, he turned to abstraction. He became a member of the London Group in 1933 and the ‘Seven and Five’ group in 1934-5. During this period he became friends with Oliver Simon of the Curwen Press and his interest in lithography and print making grew. During the Second World War, Piper was appointed as an official war artist recording the effects of the blitz on Britain’s buildings. After the war, he became a Trustee of the Tate and National Galleries and in 1959 he became a member of the Royal Fine Art Commission. Piper is best known for his extensive studies of British architecture and landscape in oil, watercolour and print, and for his photography, stained glass, ceramics, fabric design, murals, stage sets and costume design. His work is held in many Museums and Galleries.