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Zoomable Image of Green Valley, St Helena, 1965

Green Valley, St Helena, 1965

Sir Cedric Lockwood Morris, Bt. (1889-1982)

Green Valley, St Helena, 1965

Sir Cedric Lockwood Morris, Bt. (1889-1982)

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Materials:

Oil on canvas

Dimensions:

29 15/16 x 20 1/16 in (76 x 51 cm)

Provenance:

Private collection, UK

Inscriptions:

Signed and dated ‘CEDRIC MORRIS 2.65’ (bottom left)

The meandering stream, as it falls from the top of the valley into the thicket below, becomes a focal point of the work and imbues the painting with a sense of movement and rhythm...

Morris painted at least six works on his trip to the remote island of St Helena in 1964-5. The present view is framed by three St Helena gumwoods (Commidendrum robustrum), an endemic species that Morris incorporates here to structure his view, as if looking through a doorway upon the landscape behind. The valley folds in on itself in an undulating exchange of colour. A similar view can be seen in a work simply titled St Helena (1965) (The Minories, Colchester) and is perhaps an alternate view of the same location as seen from the other side of the valley. Morris undoubtedly would have been drawn to the various species of exotic flora that dwell on the remote island.


His treatment of landscape here is similar to that seen in earlier paintings of his native Wales such as South Pembrokeshire Landscape, 1934, (previously with Philip Mould & Company) and County Galway, Ireland, in that the topography of the terrain is taken as the primary source of inspiration. Here, Morris is clearly interested in the structures of the rolling hillside caused by the volcanic activity that gave birth to the island.[1] The meandering stream, as it falls from the top of the valley into the thicket below, becomes a focal point of the work and imbues the painting with a sense of movement and rhythm.



[1] For all references to other works please consult the exhibiiton catalogue

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