The Postman, sept 1931
Framed (ref: 4442)
Signed and dated Sept 1931
Ink, gouache and pastel on paper
53 x 37 cm (20 3/4 x 14 1/2 in.)
Tags: Alan Sorrell gouache ink pastel men work
Exhibited: Walker's Galleries, London, An Exhibition of Drawings and Paitings of Iceland and Other Works by Alan Sorrell, October 2nd to 15th, 1935, no 41.
The postman is typical of Sorrell's quirky Neo-Romantic imagination. As with compositions such as his masterpiece The Long Journey, (1936), the narrative both engages and unsettles the viewer - the composition suggest that more of the story is unfolding beyond the confines of the space into which the viewer peers but cannot see beyond. Sorrell's vision was informed by a profound respect for nature which provided a consistant source of inspiration for him. As an active environmentalist - he campaigned in the 1950's to protect local fields, woodlands and hedgerows threatened by urban development - his vision was tempered, at times, by a a sense of foreboding.