Flight, Claude (1881-1955), 'Swimming', Linocut, c.1931

'Swimming', Linocut, c.1931

£9,500.00

Signed, titled and numbered ‘9/50’ by the artist. Printed from three blocks, in yellow ochre, cobalt blue and emerald green. From the edition of 50. Printed on a buff wove tissue / Japan paper.

The search for a graphic expression of flowing water, and the movement of figures or boats within it, was one that Flight explored in several linocuts of the twenties and thirties including ‘Trawler at Sea’ (1925), ‘Fishing in the Rain’ (1929), ‘Breaking Waves’ (1931), ‘Surf Bathing’ (1932), ‘Yachts’ (1933) and ‘Boys Bathing’ (1935).


An oil on board by Claude Flight also entitled ‘Swimming’ was exhibited at the Redfern Gallery in London in 1931. The art critic Frank Rutter described the painting in the 11 October 1931 edition of the Sunday Times, ‘Flight’s audacious attempt to turn painting into an art of time succeeds miraculously in...’Swimming’, in which his design expresses perfectly the rhythm of the over-arm stroke’.

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Image Size 19.1 x 26.4 cm
Paper SIze 26.9 x 28.3 cm
Reference Coppel CF41 56

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