Duranty, Charles - As far as the eye can see
Duranty, Charles - I remember when she was the pride of the farm
Duranty, Charles - Black Clouds
About the artist
Charles Duranty, a poet as well as painter, born in Romford, Essex, is best known for his imaginary East Anglian landscapes. Self taught - he claimed that he had been thrown out of his art class at school - he only began painting in earnest when he was in his forties. Over the next 30 years he produced and sold some 1,500 watercolours featuring distinctive, though fictional views of the East Anglian countryside, whose open landscape and wide horizons he had come to love while working on an Essex farm during World War Two.
His landscapes typically feature vast fields spreading over rolling hills, with maybe a small figure or building to give focus and scale.
The paintings here date from around 1971 when Duranty was showing his work at the Thackeray gallery in Kensington. All but two of them were acquired at the same time by eccentric collector Richard Cory Smith, who later gave them to a friend. Duranty continued painting well into his seventies; he died in 2006 aged 87.
Many of the works featured here were shown in our “When they were young…” touring exhibition in 2016.
More information about this exhibition and the extraordinary story behind these paintings in our NEWS section.
The fields were suffused with light in the early evening
Did the bird also love this place?
Never had he seen anything so magnificent
You've been speeding again, HarryMore
I remember when she was the pride of the farm
As far as the eye can see
Two small figuresMore
Green Landscape 1
Black & White LandscapeMore
Landscape with barn, Essex
Green Landscape 2
Green Landscape 3
Memory of Childerditch
Summer meadow, poppies
Cutting of the corn
Sun over Green Landscape
Black & White Landscape 2