Prunella Clough 1919– 1999
Thames Landscape 1949
Oil on panel 12 ½ × 15 ½ inches (31.4 × 39.3 cm)
Signed on verso
Roland, Browse, & Delbanco.
A lifelong Londoner, Clough was one of the most original British artists of the post-war period, working in a variety of media. She found her style depicting urban workers, industrial and dockland scenes, factories and scrapyards. In her hands, these fringes of London reveal the poetry in the prosaic, and celebrate the workers that made the city . Components of cityscape later gave way to abstraction, preoccupation with formal and lyrical qualities: and delight in the edginess and abstraction of everyday objects and experiences. Her first solo exhibition was in 1947 at the Leger Galleries. She never stopped working and exhibiting, including important several retrospectives such as the Whitechapel Gallery in 1960. Three months before her death, she won the Jerwood Painting Prize: accepting the prize, she described her illustrious career as 'a lifetime’s graft'.