Peter Prendergast’s bold, expressionist landscapes are perhaps an acquired taste. Using strong, often violent brushstrokes and dark colours, they convey the ruggedness of both the physical forms and the weather of his native Wales. National identity was important for Prendergast, as it was for his compatriot Kyffin Williams and he records the impressions of a point in time rather than purely natural forms. Although shapes and features are apparent, his work is not representational, although neither should it be classed as purely abstract, being perhaps a natural progression of Impressionism.
As well as landscapes, Prendergast also produced portraits and self-portraits which show figures always as part of their surroundings. Self-portrait and Landscape, for example, shows the artist crammed into a corner of the studio (and the frame) by a large canvas that dominates the image.
This is a good account and analysis of the work of a man who played an important part in the development of modern British art.
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