John Craxton RA

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1922-2009. Craxton studied at the Academie Julian and Academie de la Grande Chaumiere in Paris, and after the outbreak of war, at the Westminster School of Art and the Central School of Arts & Crafts, London. He later went to Goldsmith's College and travelled the English countryside with Graham Sutherland. His style was seen as being part of the neo-romantic revival and after the war he travelled around Europe visiting Greece, Crete, Italy, Spain and Istanbul. He made the scenery and costumes for both the ballet and opera, where he used experiences and influences from his travels in his designs.