John Piper, a well-known British painter and author, was most famous for his watercolor paintings of the English landscape. A lover of English architecture, particularly churches, Piper was instrumental in promoting a romanticized English countryside in an attempt to establish a sense of national identity. It wasn’t until he was appointed official artist for his home country during World War II that Piper was able to truly make his mark. In November 1940, the painter was sent to the city of Coventry to record the shell of its cathedral after an air raid left the city in ruins.
John Piper, Coventry Cathedral, watercolor, Georges Braque, Raoul Dufy