Piper, John: Death in Venice IV
The Death in Venice portfolio is one of John Piper’s most attractive and most collectable set of works. It consists of 10 screenprints taken from sketches for the scenery of Benjamin Britten’s opera, ‘Death in Venice’, which was premiered at Aldeburgh in 1973. This is the fourth limited edition screenprint in the series, numbered 12 of 70. These sought after prints seldom become available.
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Artist: John Piper, (British, 1903-1992), signed and numbered in pencil in the margin
Title and date: Death in Venice IV, 1973, (Levinson 228)
Size: 78.4 x 68.5 cms, framed
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 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 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.