Piper, John: Brittany


Inspired by the gouache and cut marbled paper collages John Piper produced during a summer holiday in Brittany in 1960, this beautiful screenprinted cotton fabric was commissioned by the textile manufacturers David Whitehead Limited as part of their ‘Living Art Fabrics Range’. The design is partner to ‘Finistere’ from the same series and which we are also able to offer at: https://fiftiesart.com/product/piper-john-finistere-fabric/ The panel will be professionally mounted, glazed and framed on commissioning. It is rarely found in such excellent condition and is much less common than any of John Piper’s lithographs and screenprints, however limited the edition.

More images can be provided on request.

Artist: John Piper (1903 – 1992)

Title and date: Brittany, 1968

Size: 45 x 55 cms. (65 x 73 cms. framed)


Artist Description:

Born in Epsom, John Egerton Christmas Piper studied at Richmond School of Art and the Royal College of Art from 1927-8. In the mid 1930s, 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 January 1934. 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, especially churches. 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 as well as some 40 years editing the Shell Guide series. His work is held in many Museums and Galleries.