JOHN TUNNARD ARA (1900-1971)

John Tunnard ARA (1900-1971) Lunar Synthesis, circa 1942, Jerwood Collection. © The Estate of John Tunnard

Lunar Synthesis, circa 1942

gesso, oil and pencil on board
47 x 67 cm

In 1942, a German rocket, the V-2, entered outer space for the first time and the artist may have had this in mind when creating this strange, astral vision imbued with a sense of infinite space. Tunnard's choice of plantetary subject matter identify him as truly 'modernist'. The complex technique employed in Lunar Synthesis, as with much of his oeuvre, shows the artist's skill not only as a supreme colourist in the subtle graduation of yellows and blues but his experimental nature also. By the early 1940s Tunnard was bravely approaching his surface with new methods such as spraying paint, seen here in the white pigment lower right.

Acquired directly from the Artist by the father of the previous owner.
Anonymous sale; Bonhams, London, 23 November 2016, lot 21.

London, A.I.A., 1943.


Andrew Moore