After working for a time in his father’s law firm, Piper trained as a painter, gradually expanding his range into printmaking, stage design and writing. He began exhibiting with the London Group in 1931, and in 1934 he joined the 7 & 5 Society, which was dominated by Ben Nicholson. Together with other members of the society, Piper began to experiment with abstract constructions, and exhibited his first abstract oil paintings in the following year, after visiting the Paris studios of Jean Hélion, Jean Arp, and Picasso. Composition was one of the last of Piper’s abstract paintings and was probably executed in 1937.
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The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology
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