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Graham Sutherland was a British painter best known for his Surrealist abstractions of landscapes and figures. Over the course of his career, Sutherland’s aesthetic evolved from a more precise realism to focus on disturbing, thorn-shaped caricatures of the world. Born on August 24, 1903 in London, United Kingdom, Sutherland went on to study art at Goldsmiths College in London in 1921, where he specialized in engraving. He was particularly inspired by the Romanticist painter Samuel Palmer, along with Paul Nash and Pablo Picasso. Sutherland participated in the 1952 Venice Biennale and was the subject of retrospectives at the Institute of Contemporary Arts and the Tate Gallery in London. Sutherland died on February 17, 1980 in Kent, United Kingdom. Today, his works are in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C, the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, and the Dallas Museum of Art, among others. 

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