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John Piper

JOHN PIPER  1903-1992
Famous for his romantic landscapes, views of ruined churches, stately homes and castles, John Piper is considered to be one of the most significant British artists of the 20th Century. 
 
Among Piper`s best known works are his graphic recordings of the London Blitz in 1940-41. As a commissioned war artist, Piper documented in his work the effects of war on the British landscape. Piper`s interest in ruins suited the task; the paintings he produced did not simply record the damage caused by the war, but reflected a deeper feeling of loss and nostalgia.

After the war, Piper continued to record the English countryside in his paintings, as well as writing on art and architecture. In 1948, he painted the decorations of the British Embassy in Rio de Janeiro, and in 1951, he collaborated with Osbert Lancaster on the design of the Battersea Pleasure Gardens. He also designed stained glass windows for a number of buildings, most notably for Coventry Cathedral in 1958. From 1946-52 and again from 1954-61, Piper was a trustee of the Tate Gallery, as well as a member of the Arts Council panel for five years from 1952.  Piper died at his home in Fawley Bottom in 1992. 


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