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Landscape, Hydra, 1963-67, Tempera on canvas

Landscape, Hydra

Tempera on canvas
Lent by the estate of John Craxton

Craxton was influenced by Byzantine mosaics, particularly the way volume was implied by reverse perspective and their radiant use of limited colour derived from gold, natural stone and glass made in long strips. His flat tessellated landscapes absorbed these influences. He had always been fastidious with materials, grinding his own colours as a teenager. From the mid-1950s he was using his own updated version of egg tempera, with pure powder pigments and a PVA medium.