Catalogue No. 74
Conglomerate

Artist: Sutherland, Graham, OM
Conglomerate

1903-80
Oil on canvas 71½ x 56½ ins

Collection Details  
Bought from the Marlborough Gallery by the Faringdon Trustees, 1973.

Signed and Dated
Sutherland 11/5/70 (and entitled, dated and initialled on reverse).

Exhibition Details
Marlborough Fine Arts (London), Masters of the 19th and 20th Centuries, 1972, No.92; Marlborough A G (Zurich), Graham Sutherland – Recent Work, 1972, No.3.

Related Pictures
Nos.75 and 76 - The Queen Bee and Bees

Background
The first studies for the picture were made on the foreshore of the Picton Castle Estate, bordering the River Western Cleddau.  Preliminary gouache studies exist, and a painting, about one-third the size of the present picture, was in the possession of the artist.

 

The compiler would like to express his indebtedness to the late Mr Sutherland who described in a letter the genesis of the composition.  He wrote that his interest was aroused by the boulders to be seen lying in the area and that he had the idea of raising a boulder to an upright position and creating a form from the parts of it that caught his imagination, contrasting it with the flat form on the left to which it is attached.

 

The artist returned to the theme in 1972: pictures painted in this year were exhibited as Nos.10 and 16 in the exhibition, Recent Work, 1972.