Philippe Le Miere 'Study for Anemone Jug Alice'

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Philippe Le Miere’s ‘Anemone Jug Alice’ merges two bouquets of Australian art history – Charles Blackman’s ‘Alice Jug’ (c. 1989) and Margaret Preston’s ‘Anemones’ (1925). Tinged with melancholy, Blackman’s ‘Alice Jug’ – an image of anthropomorphic jug – speaks to the experience of his wife’s encroaching blindness. Like Alice, Barbara Blackman found herself navigating a disorientating realm, blooms reminiscent of the fragility of life.

Preston’s ‘Anemones’ on the other hand, are not melancholic. A screenprint created in 1925 and held in the collection of the Art Gallery of New South, Preston’s florals were not about personal symbolism but a vehicle for furthering the modernist movement. As she reflected, still lives were just “laboratory tables on which aesthetic problems can be isolated” – producing flat, bright and clever designs.

By merging the iconography of Blackman and Preston, Le Miere suggests how variously a single bloom can be read. A shape shifting journey through popular culture, his work shifts the focus from the artist to the viewer, inviting new perspectives on Australian modernism. An original painting, ‘Anemone Jug Alice’ will enrich collections of modern and contemporary Australian art, a gift that will never disappoint.

Philippe LE MIERE (1975 - )
'Study for Anemone Jug Alice' 2024
acrylic on canvas
Image Size: 66 x 51 cm
Dimensions: 66 x 51 cm
Signed: Signed lower right Le Miere, inscribed verso Philippe Le Miere, title and date
Comes with Letter of Provenance

Condition: Excellent

(c) The Artist or Assignee

This painting is a Study for a Major Work. As part of his creative process, Philippe Le Miere first produces a Study before a larger Major Work; both are original and unique, priced to reflect their different sizes.

This painting comes unstretched, stretched, or stretched and framed. Please contact us should you wish to discuss what option suits your needs.