Art: A Harsh Ecology

Graham Sutherland began his career as an engineer, and underneath his soft brushwork there still are ruled lines that lend a cubistic solidity to his work. He has designed posters, ceramics, a tapestry for the new Coventry cathedral. His portraits of Winston Churchill, Somerset Maugham, Lord Beaverbrook are masterful interpretations of character. But when Sutherland works impulsively, he always returns to surreal scenes of natural forms, 25 of which went on view last week in Manhattan's Paul Rosenberg & Co. galleries.

His aim, says Sutherland, is "to catch and pin down the essence of that aspect of reality which moves me—to fix...

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