Sir Cedric Lockwood Morris, Bt. (1889-1982)
By employing this characteristically subtle technique, Morris weaves together the natural ruggedness of the landscape with the rigid geometry of the local dwelling in the foreground...
This work was executed in August 1936 when Morris was visiting County Galway in Ireland. In a letter dated 19 August 1936 (Tate Gallery Archive: 83184.108.40.206) written to Lett from the Imperial Hotel, Galway, Morris describes the familiarity of the Irish landscape, comparing it to his Welsh homeland, the subject of which appears in numerous works from this period. He writes that he will ‘try to find somewhere in Connemara’ to paint. This work is the culmination of his search. In a record of Morris’s paintings kept by Lett, there is mention of ‘The Connemara Landscapes’, of which he mentions several others painted in August 1936 in the company of Ralph Banbury with whom Morris was travelling. Connemara translates as ‘inlets of the sea’. It is located in the north-western peninsula of County Galway and is an area of outstanding natural beauty.
In the manner Morris became accustomed to when painting landscapes, texture forms a dominant aspect of this work, and is further heightened by the impasto application of paint. By employing this characteristically subtle technique, Morris weaves together the natural ruggedness of the landscape with the rigid geometry of the local dwelling in the foreground. He consistently experimented with this approach to composition during the mid-1930s. In this respect, his exploration of form, colour and texture reinforces his understanding of compositional harmony. This is a work that highlights the supreme fluidity with which Morris approached varying forms of subject matter and is a fine example of the inventiveness of his travel painting.