Brief Encounter, Part 1


Painted in 2017
Acrylic on board
21 x 29.7 cm; 8.27 x 11.67 in.
Initialled, MG17 bottom right hand corner; Signed, titled and dated on the reverse


Brief Encounter, Part 1 is a complete painted abstract interpretation of the classic black and white movie, Brief Encounter. The complex composition consists of lines, shapes and various tones that go to make a truly unique image.


About Brief Encounter

Brief Encounter is a 1945 British romantic drama film directed by David Lean about British suburban life on the eve of World War 2, centering on Laura, a married woman with children, whose conventional life becomes increasingly complicated because of a chance meeting at a railway station with a stranger, Alec. They fall in love, bringing about unexpected consequences.

The film stars Celia JohnsonTrevor HowardStanley Holloway and Joyce Carey. The screenplay is by Noël Coward, based on his 1936 one-act play Still Life. The soundtrack prominently features the Piano Concerto No. 2 by Sergei Rachmaninoff, played by Eileen Joyce.

Brief Encounter was met with wide praise from critics upon its release, and is today considered to be among Lean’s finest works. It has been credited as an important early work of realist cinema for its small scale and the lack of big-name stars in its cast. In 1999, the British Film Institute voted Brief Encounter the second greatest British film of all time. In 2017 a poll of 150 actors, directors, writers, producers and critics for Time Out magazine saw it ranked the twelfth best British film ever.

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