Julian Trevelyan (1910-1988)

Cretan Windmills (1964)

Oil on canvas

61 x 77 cm

Peasants and a donkey, followed by a cow and goat, travel along the Cretan shore. Windmills dominate the shoreline – Julian Trevelyan was markedly inspired by the windmills he saw while visiting Crete in the 1960s.

The composition is substantially made up of triangular forms; the inverted floating pyramid hovers above the flashing blades of the windmills. Combined with the man, woman, and donkey  in the foreground, the pyramid detail suggests Mary and Joseph’s Flight into Egypt.

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