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Bomb damage in London. Signed and dated. Sombre-toned depiction of standing towers amidst destruction. Flashes of green and red create a surreal mood. Graham Sutherland's apocalyptic painting records the devastated landscape of the City of London immediately after the Blitz. Buildings stand as ruined towers amid the rubble of destruction. Born in London, Sutherland studied at Goldsmiths' College of Art. He pursued a career as a printmaker in the 1920s before turning to painting. By the time war broke out, he was established as a landscape painter whose work was highly charged with his own emotions and private mysteries. As a war artist in London he drew the bomb-ravaged landscape of the City and the East End, along with some industrial scenes at Woolwich Arsenal.
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