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The Picnic by John O'Connor

The Picnic by John O'Connor

John O'Connor was born in Leicester and studied at the Royal College of Art from 1933-37. He began his artistic career as an illustrator and this may explain why his works are so detailed. Lithography is a printmaking process where an oily crayon is used to mark out the design on a specially prepared surface. When the ink is applied it only takes to the design areas. In this work we see a representation of an idyllic English summer. Due to O'Connor's skill at using lithography, he ensures that the picnickers and the countryside surrounding them are full of movement and energy. The clear colours are layered in such a way that it is as if light is shining through them. Is this a successful way of representing sunlight?