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Painting - Monk on the Seashore at Dehiwala
  • Monk on the Seashore at Dehiwala
    Peries, Ivan, born 1904 - died 1988
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Monk on the Seashore at Dehiwala

  • Object:

    Painting

  • Place of origin:

    Sri Lanka (made)

  • Date:

    1985 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Peries, Ivan, born 1904 - died 1988 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Oil on board

  • Museum number:

    IS.49-1985

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Ivan Peries was born in Sri Lanka in 1931. Peries' work has largely grown out of his preoccupation with the idealisation of the Ceylonese landscape. The artist was part of the 43 Group, an art group which took inspiration from international art movements based in Paris and London as well as Santiniketan. Members of the group included painters George Keyt and Richard Gabriel. The 43 Group artists were able to create a more secular painting tradition than the one supported by the Ceylon Society of Arts. The artist died in 1969.

In this painting, we see a sombre landscape consisting of a black sky, two white abstract trees and a monk. The monk, who is dressed in a red robe sits in the foreground and looks towards the seashore. During an interview, the artist stated that the scene is set on the seashore at Dehiwala (the artist's native village, near Mount Lavinia (Sri Lanka) just outside Colombo. The subject is derived from a number of sources; in part from the saints of the Christian tradition, in part from figures observed in his native village and in part it represents the artist himself.

Physical description

A sombre landscape consisting of a black sky against which ( in abstract terms) rise two white verticals (trees). A monk dressed in red sits in the foregrround and looks towards the edge of the sea. Peries stated that the monk is on the seashore at Dehiwala (the artist's native village, near Mount Lavinia (Sri Lanka) just outside Colombo.

The subject is derived from a number of sources; in part from the saints of the Christian tradition, in part from figures observed in his native village and in part it represents the artist himself. For further information on his technique and background of this work, see the report 'A Visit to Ivan Peries' on Rp 85/536

Place of Origin

Sri Lanka (made)

Date

1985 (made)

Artist/maker

Peries, Ivan, born 1904 - died 1988 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Oil on board

Marks and inscriptions

Signed on right-hand corner 'IP' 1985.

Dimensions

Height: 61 cm, Width: 50 cm

Object history note

Purchased from artist. Rp 85/536

Historical context note

Ivan Peries was born in Sri Lanka in 1931. Peries' work has largely grown out of his preoccupation with the idealisation of the Ceylonese landscape. The artist was part of the 43 Group, an art group which took inspiration from international art movements based in Paris and London as well as Santiniketan. Members of the group included painters George Keyt and Richard Gabriel. The 43 Group artists were able to create a more secular painting tradition than the one supported by the Ceylon Society of Arts. The artist died in 1969.

Descriptive line

'Monk on the seashore' by Ivan Peries, oil on board, Sri Lanka, 1985

Categories

Paintings

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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