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Suffolk River by Ronald Rutherford

Suffolk River by Ronald Rutherford
Accession Code: wu0384w
Title: Suffolk River
Date completed: ?1970's.
Medium: Painting
Location Name: University House
Location Description:
Location Floor: 1

This painting is undated but it is thought that it was made during the 1970's. It shows moorings in Southwold harbour which is on the banks of the river Blythe, south of the town. Rutherford was attracted to scenes of daily activity around the resort. This freely painted image uses a restricted palette, the colours here: white, brown, grey, yellow and blue, evoke the coastal environment. The artist has used the grey paint across the images of the boats and the land and taken it into the upper half of the painting where it is part sea, part sky. The work is divided by strong diagonal and vertical lines. This is very much a work about composition and painting, about generating a sense of atmosphere rather than the photographic capture of a moment in time.