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A camouflaged runway

Cedric Kennedy (1898-1968)
A camouflaged runway, Cedric Kennedy, Imperial War Museum ART LD 2758

Kennedy was best known as a landscape painter, but he was also a pilot, and this painting combines both passions as he explores the complex patterns of the camouflaged buildings and their relationship to the landscape. (The painting was a break from the despondent monochrome images Kennedy was making at the time.) The nation might be at war, but around the airfield, country life, with all the values so closely associated with British identity, continues.

Oil on canvas 49.5 x 74.9 cm
Painted c. 1944
Imperial War Museum ART LD 2758

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