Urban Landscape IV signed 'Clough' (lower right) oil on canvas 75 x 83 cm. (29 1/2 x 32 3/4 in.) Painted in 1959
PROVENANCE: With The Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, where purchased by Mr. & Mrs. Edward Samuel, 26 September 1960
EXHIBITED: London, The Whitechapel Art Gallery, Prunella Clough: A Retrospective Exhibition, September - October 1960, cat.no.129 Bristol, The Arnolfini Gallery, Prunella Clough & New Jewellery, 2 December 1967 - 5 January 1968, where lent by Mr. & Mrs. Samuel
By the late 1950s, and especially prevalent in the aftermath of the artist's exposure to the Tate's 1959 exhibition The New American Painting, Clough's style shifted away from the overtly figurative towards an abstract exploration of the urban landscapes that had always inspired her. Exploring the canvas through her textured block-like composition, Clough however never lost sight of the starting point of her work, which remained strongly rooted in the observed world, whether in the form of building sites or more specific features such as the colours and patterns of walls or gates.
A copy of an original letter of request from the artist to Mr. Samuel for the work to be lent to a 1968 retrospective exhibition at the Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol, accompanies the lot, in which the artist describes her fondness for this particular painting.