The Paintings of Ivor John Powell

The vision of a border Welshman

Landscape with Horses, Sheep and Cows by Ivor Powell

58. Landscape with Horses, Sheep and Cows

55.2 x 55.5cm. Canvas with new frame

NLW(PG 5863)

In this second of his late landscape series, he extends his range to include the wild as well as domesticated. As they might appear in a medieval manuscript, birds cluster under a tree and rabbits feed under the cover of the hedge in the foreground. The inclusion of a brown and black dog, rather than a conventional sheepdog, seems an intentional reference to his own dog, Chum, and encourages us in our belief that these pictures of country life were of a world which he himself inhabited, at least in spirit. In creating pictures of this kind, he was working within an ancient tradition. If he had seen those frescos of good government by the early Renaissance artist, Ambrogio Lorenzetti, in Siena, in which there is a celebration of a living and thriving community, at one with a productive nature, he would have understood what was being shown. Ivor had lived through a period of such radical economic and social change that cultural continuity had all but broken down. As selfish individualism and short-termism displaced community and tradition, a sound order of things needed to be shown

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