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Mary MacQueen’s work is expressive, gestural and experimental. Following the death of her longtime husband in 1970, she began travelling extensively and in turn, expanded her practice. From trains, cars and planes, MacQueen drew flashes of the land and her life, catching its essence in a few intuitive strokes.
‘Still-life study with sunflowers and a vase’ stems from this era. Minimal yet assured, it captures a bouquet in dreamy brushstrokes. Art history’s longstanding interest in sunflowers, best known through the work of Vincent Van Gogh, finds new life. There is something nostalgic here, as though MacQueen is remembering these flowers and what they symbolised to her.
MacQueen is an esteemed Australian artist who has received numerous awards. Her work is represented in state collections, including the National Gallery of Australia and the National Gallery of Victoria. For collectors of late modern and female artists, as well as those seeking an eternal bouquet, ‘Still-life study with sunflowers and a vase’ is the vision for you. Mary MACQUEEN (1912 - 1994)'Still-life study with sunflowers and a vase' ca.1970watercolour on paperImage Size: 54 x 37 cm Dimensions: 74 x 57 x 3 cm Signed: Signed lower right: MacQueenComes with Letter of ProvenanceCondition: Very Good: Describes a work of art’s image as Excellent, but may show some small signs of surrounding wear. There are no tears to paper margin or disruption to paint surface. Image is in Fine condition.
The watercolour is sold as found. It is generally in a great condition with no signs of fading. Slight spotting and minor paper creases, visible in the upper and lower margins of the paper, do not affect the integrity of the image and the artwork as a whole.
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