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John Piper: a Modern Romantic and his role in British Art

Wednesday 13th November 2013


Burnt-out Victorian house, Lansdown, Bath. John Piper, 1943

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John Piper is an artist who attracts an unusually wide audience thanks to his vast, sprawling and, at times, conflicted career. He painted, made prints, designed textiles, and managed words with great skill; he was a gifted photographer; he designed for the stage. Then in the early 1950s, at the age of 50, Piper added a whole new dimensionto his career by turning to stained glass.

He rapidly became England's most outstanding stained-glass designer giving us, among other things, the huge Baptistery window at Coventry Cathedral

This talk looks at the work of this modern romantic and at his significance in the history of 20th century British art.

Frances Spalding is an art historian, critic and biographer. Her many books include acclaimed biographies of John and Myfanwy Piper, and Prunella Clough. She is Professor of Art History at Newcastle University.