John Piper in the 1930s
David Fraser Jenkins
John Piper in the 1930s; Abstraction on the Beach
London: Merrill, 2003.
This study charts Piper's progression from a lyrical, painterly style and lively use of collage, inspired by Picasso and Braque, into pure abstraction.
His place among British Modernists was subsequently shaped by the trauma of the Second World War and a nostalgia for the apparent order of former times, in his haunting architectural studies.