Almost completely at random, while looking for something else on the Tate’s website, I found the work of Peter Brook. He was is landscape artist painting scenes of the Pennines and other wind swept, desolate bits of Britain. This painting of Wigan looks to me exactly the way Wigan appeared when I drove through it in November last year. The streets shining with drizzle.
And this painting, of a cottage in Angelsey, reminds me so strongly of the little cottages and farms that family friends lived in across west Cornwall when I was a child.
The lowness of the building, the blasted, deformed tree. Everything flattened in the wind. And the jaunty blue windows of the practical, plainly-built bungalow. Even that singe sheep on the left is sheltering by the wall.