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Peter Lanyon (1918-1964)

Biography of the painter Peter Lanyon (1918-1964)

Peter Lanyon (1918-1964) was a Cornish painter of landscape whose work after 1939 leant heavily towards abstraction. Lanyon was born in St Ives. He received painting instruction form Borlase Smart and Adrian Stokes. He briefly attended Euston Road School where he studied under Victor Pasmore.

Between 1936-37, Lanyon studied at Penzance School of Art. In 1939, he received private art tuition from Ben Nicholson and became involved in construction works after this date.

Throughout the 1940s, the influence of Nicholson and Gabo were strongly visible in his work. Lanyon became a leading influence in the St Ives group in the 1950s and took-up gliding as a pastime, using the experience in his later work. He died in Taunton Somerset as a result of a gliding accident.

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Lot FS18/423

Lot FS18/423: Peter Lanyon [1918-1964] - Cookham 1939

Peter Lanyon [1918-1964] - Cookham 1939 facsimile signature (artist's stamp) on reverse pencil drawing 21.25 x 2875cm.

Estimate: £1,000 - £1,500
Realised: £1,000