Graham SutherlandSwan-Like Form. 1971.

Original lithograph in colours. 1971. Signed in pencil. Inscribed by Sutherland as 'p.a.' - prova artista -artist's proof in Italian (see below). Rare studio working trial proof before the edition of 70 impressions. Drawn by Sutherland and printed at the studio of Teodorani in Milan. Edition issued by Teodorani in conjunction with Pallas Gallery, London, 1971. Ref: Tassi - Sutherland Graphic Work 129 Note: This impression is a working trial proof from the Teodorani archive. The impression shows the pin-prick registration marks at the sheet edge (only visible against a light)). The verso also reveals some handling marks in the soft surface paper used for the proof., but the inking of the colours is also particularly brilliant on this soft paper. (The edition is on a hard surface wove). During the late 1960's and the early 1970's Sutherland's visionary interpretation of the forms of natural objects reached a peak of invention and intensity. Linked to his use of brilliant colour the finest works of this period are unique in British art.. 'Swan-like Form', here, displays to the full the evocative power of his favourite green. During the 1930's Sutherland had strong intellectual links with the European Surrealist movement. This, and his life-long admiration for the visionary concepts of British 19th century artists such as Samuel Palmer, had inspired him to look at the 'rubbish' of nature, - broken branches, fallen trees, piles of stones. It is such objects which are the root of compositions such as 'Swan-Like Form'. Trial impression with especially brilliant colours. On special soft surface wove paper. See condition notes above. Printed to the full sheet size, without margins, as issued. Sheet: 505 x 475 mm.