Graham Sutherland OM (British, 1903 – 1980)

Graham Sutherland is one of the greatest British painters of all time. A man of deep religious convictions, he painted to commission, shortly after the war, an intensely moving Crucifixion, and is celebrated for his majestic tapestry depicting Christ in Glory, which was unveiled in Coventry Cathedral in 1962.

Trained as an etcher, Sutherland turned to painting in 1930s, finding inspiration in the remote landscape of Pembrokeshire. His concentration on the minutiae of organic growth, in which he found both mystery and a reflection of the ‘divine order’, coupled with his feeling for descriptive line and his sensuous use of colour, resulting in a highly personal style that placed him, with artists such as Henry Moore, in the front rank of the avant-garde in Britain.

Some of Sutherland’s most brilliant and memorable drawings and gouaches were produced during his assignments as an official War Artist. After the war he settled on the Côte d’Azur, where he became a friend of Picasso and Matisse. His style broadened, and he was acclaimed as an artist of international standing. He painted his first portrait in 1949 of Somerset Maugham and subsequently painted profound and discerning studies of other great contemporaries such as Lord Beaverbrook and Churchill. In his later years he spent a lot of time heading to Wales for inspiration and devoted much of his tireless energy to print -making.

Study for Hatching 1, 1977

Ink wash, gouache and pencil

Signed with initials and dated ‘GS 77’ (upper right)

15.1/4 x 12.1/4 in. (38.5 x 31 cm.)

Provenance: Christies London, 25th September 1992, lot 146

Literature: Roberto Tassi, Graham Sutherland; Complete graphic work, Thames and Hudson, London, 1978, Cat. No. 180.

Price: £6,200

Hatching 1, 1977

Etching with acquatint printed in colours on wove paper

Signed ‘Sutherland’ (lower right) and inscribed ‘HC 5/20’ in pencil, an hors commerce impression aside from the numbered edition 80, printed by 2RC studio, Rome, and co published by Marlborough Fine Art Limited, London and 2RC Editrice, Rome, with full margins.

15.5/8 x 12.1/4 in. (39.8 x 31.3 cm.) (plate dimensions) 34.3/4 x 30.1/2 in. (88.3 x 78 cm.) (frame dimensions)

Provenance: Marlborough Graphics, London, where acquired by the previous owner 28th May 2004

Price: £1,500

Organic forms (Tessi 99), 1968

Signed and numbered ’53 / 70 Sutherland.’ (lower edge in pencil)

Lithograph in colours on Arches wove

From A Bestiary and Some Correspondences, published by Marlborough Fine art Ltd, London

26 x 19.3/4 in. (66 x 50.3 cm.) 

Price: £1,800