Charles Cundall: Steel Company of Wales, Abbey Works Port Talbot IV - on Charles Cundall



Charles Cundall:
Steel Company of Wales, Abbey Works Port Talbot IV

Framed (ref: 6936)
Pencil and watercolour on paper
7 ¾ x 13 ¼ in. (20 x 33.8 cm)

Tags: Charles Cundall pencil watercolour architecture topography work Charles Cundall Welsh Artists and Pictures Cundall: A Grand Tour

Provenance: Acquired directly from the Artist's Daughter

Exhibited: - A Working Method,Young Gallery Salisbury, March- April 2016, Sotheran's, April-May 2016. 

Literature: Charles Cundall - A Working Method, Edited by Sacha Llewellyn & Paul Liss, published by Liss Llewellyn Fine Art, February 2016.

In the years after the war my father was commissioned to do a lot of industrial paintings, and he was skilled at finding a good subject to paint, from what seemed initially to be rather unpromising buildings,
 Jackie Setter, the artist's daughter

For Cundall, painting war-time industry had led on with a certain inevitability to similar peace-time subjects, and eventually to the massive modern effort of regeneration and new industrial plant. His long-standing interest in architecture, coupled with early experience of industrial design at Pilkington’s, was applied to post-war growth, and in the late 1950s he became sought-after as a chronicler of industrial buildings. Cundall treated his new subjects as he had done his old, and pointed out that ‘I’m not trying to “express the machine age” as I suppose a painter like Léger wished to do, which seems to me to lead to a kind of decoration instead of picture painting.’ Always thoughtful, he was an artist who gave serious consideration to the broader artistic implications of a new subject.

We are grateful to Jackie Setter for assistance.

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