King’s College Cambridge with the River Cam and Bridge to foreground

Probably 1920s

A fine, and large, view of King’s College. The artist paints in an art deco style, picking out the stones of the bridge in different colours, the colours all having a heightened sense of reality. Born from cubism, the art deco era is characterised by a fragmented, geometric character particularly evident here. It gives the impression of a shimmering dream. The twenties was an incredible period of change, moving from heavy elaborate styles to a pared back and sleek style expressing more dynamism, an interest in dimension and abstraction.

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