Studland Bay, Dorset

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Fry’s work as an artist is generally considered less significant than his role as a supporter of avant-garde art.

His admiration for the work of artists like Gauguin and Cezanne is very clear from this brightly coloured painting. Individual shapes are clearly defined by a heavy outline. There are few changes in tone and very little use of shadowing or modelling of forms, emphasizing the two-dimensional nature of the picture surface.

He gradually moved towards a more conventional style of work where his use of colour was much more naturalistic and outline softer than in earlier paintings.

Touchstones Rochdale



Studland Bay, Dorset




oil on canvas


H 62 x W 92 cm

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gift from the Contemporary Art Society, 1924

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Touchstones Rochdale

The Esplanade, Rochdale, Greater Manchester OL16 1AQ England

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