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Albufeira by Thomas Swimmer

 Albufeira by Thomas Swimmer
Accession Code: wu0360w
Title: Albufeira
Date completed: 1961
Medium: Painting
Location Description: Stairwell
Location Floor: 1


The ancient fishing village Albufeira in Portugal, which is the subject of this painting, has been transformed since the growth of the tourist industry in this part of the Algarve during the past four decades. Swimmer's interest in the early 1960s was in capturing the character of the old town rising above the Praia dos Barcos (the Fishermen's Beach). His interpretation does not rely on straight representation; his interest is in the geometry of the architecture, a focus which is helped by the use of the subdued palette of colours.