Artists

1950-1959

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Provenance

Private Collection, UK

Literature

J. Potter; Mary Potter: A Life of Painting, Aldershot, 1998, pp61-2

Description

Taken on a skiing holiday in Zermatt by her close friends Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears in February 1955, to cheer her up during her divorce proceeds (from the writer Stephen Potter), Mary Potter found she did not enjoy the skiing at all and used the time there instead to produce some two dozen water-colour sketches of the Alpine landscape. The oils which she worked up from them on her return to Aldeburgh - of which this is one - have an ethereal, calligraphic quality suggestive of Japanese art and it is not coincidence, perhaps, that they came at a time when Britten, following a long concert tour to the Far East, was also absorbing Eastern musical influences into his work. Painted at a crucial turning point in her career there is a strong sense here of those abstract qualities that were soon to become such a significant element of her work.