Piper, John: St Germain-de-L’Ivret


One of the 8 prints included in the ‘Eightieth Anniversary Portfolio’, St Germain is a gloriously colourful and dynamic screenprint. It’s numbered 55 of only 75, signed and housed in a classic gilded frame.

A Historic Monument, Saint-Germain-de-Livet Castle is just 10 minutes from Lisieux in Normandy.  Surrounded by a moat, this architectural gem comprises a 15th-century half-timbered manor house and a château dating from the end of the 16th century constructed from Pré d’Auge glazed brick and stone arranged in a checkerboard design.

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Artist: John Piper (British, 1903-1992)

Title and date: St Germain de L’Ivret, 1983, (Levinson 196)

Size: 45.7 x 66.8 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 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.