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John Minton, 1917–1957

Cornish Landscape

Oil on canvas
20 x 24 inches (50.8 x 61 cm)

Signed and dated in green paint, lower right: "John Minton 1946"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Gift of George E. Dix, Yale BA 1934, MA 1942
Copyright Status:
© Royal College of Art
Accession Number:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
abstract art | brick | landscape | shape | squares | star | wall
Associated Places:
Cornwall | England | United Kingdom
Not on view
IIIF Manifest:

John Minton’s formative years were spent in London and France but were interrupted by the Second World War (1939–1945), when he served in the Pioneer Corps. He held his first solo exhibition in London just after the war ended, when he shared a studio with Keith Vaughan (whose work is shown alongside). This dramatic view of the Cornish landscape, complete with a palm tree, was painted at that time and reflects his interest in the neoromantic approach of leading British modernists like Paul Nash with their enthusiasm for Continental surrealism, as well as an appreciation of the pastoral tradition of English landscape represented by artists of the nineteenth century, such as Samuel Palmer.

Gallery label for installation of YCBA collection, 2016

Art in Focus : St Ives Abstraction (Yale Center for British Art, 2013-04-12 - 2013-09-29) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Imaginative Geographies (Yale Center for British Art, 2006-02-01 - 2006-08-18) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Juxtapositions (Yale Center for British Art, 1997-11-19 - 1998-01-04) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Sylviane Gold, In the Abstract, a Coastal Scene Materializes, A Review of 'Art in Focus: St. Ives Abstraction’ at Yale Center for British Art , New York Times, New York, July 14, 2013, Metropolitan Section, p. 9, Yale Internet Resource [ORBIS]

Paul Mellon's Legacy : a passion for British art [large print labels], , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 2007, V. 1, N5220 M552 P381 2007 OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

St Ives abstraction, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 2013, p. 8, 21, V 2475 (YCBA) [YCBA]

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