Appointed as a full-time war artist to the RAF, he was expected to paint portraits of aircrew. He had other, much better ideas.
At the height of his surrealism, his paintings were inspired by found objects, Freud, and the megalithic monuments of Wessex.
During the 1920s, he painted some of his finest conventional landscapes, and became overtly surrealist.
Landscapes influenced by Blake and Palmer, then some of the strongest images of the First World War. The start of a remarkable career.
Tracing Blake’s influence through his friends John Linnell and Samuel Palmer to the likes of Graham Sutherland and Eric Ravilious.
War Artists can work in any of the genres, but history painting is a natural choice. Here are some of the best from 1800 to 1945.
This is a monumental, meticulous, and insightful account of Palmer’s life and work. It merits a wide readership.