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Mountain Stream, Pyrenees [No 2]

Peter Coker (1926-2004)


Signed, inscribed with title and artist's address, and dated '19th Sept 1965' on reverse

Oil on board

Catalogue Raisonné No

48 x 48 inches

Provost Family

Peter Coker RA, London: Chris Beetles Ltd, 2002, pages 81-82 and 122, Catalogue Raisonné no 122

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, 1966, no 77;
Zwemmer Galley, London, 1967, no 2;
'Peter Coker RA. Paintings, Pastels, Drawings,Etchings', the Minories, Colchester, October- November 1972, and Touring, no 28 and Touring 1972-73;
'A Century of British Art: 1945-2010', Chris Beetles Gallery, London, October-November 2021, no 324;
'Home and Abroad: The Landscapes of Peter Coker RA and Keith Grant', Chris Beetles Gallery, London, April-May 2024

The drawings Peter made on a visit to the Pyrenees, with his family in August 1965, 'proved extremely useful in sparking the important series of paintings concerned with the energy of moving water'*. He employed a square format to create a number of monumental compositions from aqueous motifs. When he combined the format with a high viewpoint, taking in little or no sky, the result was often simultaneously economical, forceful and intriguing. Mountain Stream, Pyrenees represents the theme at its most elemental, emotional and even abstract. This was equally true whether the subject was drawn locally from East Anglia or, as here, from places in France.
Peter Coker RA, 2002, page 82

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