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Ceri Richards

Ceri Richards (1903-1971), born in Dunvant,  is a Welsh painter, printmaker, lithographer, and stage designer.  He studied at Swansea School of Art from 1921 to 1924 and at the Royal College of Art from 1924 to 1927. From 1924, he spent most of his life in London.  In 1936, he took part in the International Surrealist Exhibition in London. During this time, he was also influenced by Picasso which is evident in his semi-abstract relief constructions begun in 1933. From 1940 to 1944, he ran the painting department at Cardiff School of Art.  Music was a theme in his post-war work, and his best-known works include La Cathédrale engloutie series, based on a Debussy prelude.

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