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Peter Humphrey (1913-2001):
Study for Coventry, 1940
Pencil on paper
7 x 8 ¾ in (17.8 x 22.3 cm)
Exhibited: WW2 - War Pictures by British Artists, Morley College London, 28 October -23 November 2016, cat 138.
Literature: WW2 - War Pictures by British Artists, Edited by Sacha Llewellyn & Paul Liss, July 2016, cat 138, page 180.
Peter Humphrey was a founding member of the Coventry Art Circle along with Harry Norman. CAC had links with Surrealist painters in Birmingham, and had high-level art critics among their members and developed styles based on cubism, abstraction and other modern movements.
A review in the Birmingham Post (7 March 1938) described CAC as follows ‘…the organisation serves as a rallying point for a number of people…who feel an urge towards some sort of artistic expression… …a prolific contributor, P. Humphries [sic]…the artist has been concerned to minimise the solid appearance of things and insist upon a free interpretation of their rhythmic unity. Art of this kind may tend to become highly mannered, but Mr. Humphries has so much skill and so many styles at his command that monotony is wholly absent from his work.'