Duranty, Charles - Gog Magog's golden landscape
Duranty, Charles - He longed to join them but was too shy
Duranty, Charles - The OutingMore
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 small figures, ancient vehicles or maybe a building to give focus and scale.
For many years Duranty showed his work at the Thackeray gallery in Kensington. He continued painting well into his seventies; he died in 2006 aged 87. Almost all come from private collections.
Twenty or so works featured here that have a stock reference beginning with “DH” were shown in our When they were young… touring exhibition in 2016. They were originally acquired at the same time from the Thackeray gallery in 1970 by the eccentric collector Richard Cory Smith, who later presented them to a friend.
The Guardian’s obituary of Charles Duranty as well as more information about this exhibition and the extraordinary story behind these paintings can be seen in our NEWS section
The fields were suffused with light in the early evening
Did the bird also love this place?
Do you know how much I paid for two lemon soles?
Never had he seen anything so magnificent
He was going to have a congregation after all
Woman in white
You've been speeding again, HarryMore
I remember when she was the pride of the farmMore
They were trying to make up their minds to go in
It was all right for some people, he thoughtMore
Well, Sarah, what sort are they?
The birds flew in on a grey morning
The Forgotten Siding
He longed to join them but was too shy
As far as the eye can seeMore
Two small figuresMore
Green Landscape 1
Black & White LandscapeMore
Landscape with barn, Essex
The sky was getting darker
Gog Magog's golden landscape
Green Landscape 2 (Gog Magog)
Green Landscape 3
Memory of Childerditch
Summer meadow, poppies
Cutting of the corn
Sun over Green Landscape
Black & White Landscape 2