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© The Estate of Margaret Mellis. Purchased, 1981. Museums Sheffield
Red Flower
Date Made/Found: 1958
Artist: Margaret Mellis , British, 1914-2009
Vendor: Margaret Mellis , British, 1914-2009
Material and Medium: oil on board Letter from artist: July 1981: "House paint" (oil) on Essex Board.
Dimensions: Sight size: 394 x 391mm Overall: 412 x 410 x 45mm
Department: Visual Art
Accession Number: VIS.4951
Margaret Mellis made a number of still life paintings during her career in both figurative and abstract styles. This work is one of her more abstract compositions with a single flower and vase as its subject. In the late 1950s, Mellis made several paintings of flowers in various states between life and death using bold monochromatic palettes and contoured forms. Here, the rich vitality of the red paint contrasts with the melancholy of the wilted petals. Referring to when this work was made the artist stated, “this period lasted from about 1956 to 1959. It was halfway between my first abstract period (1940–8) and the present (abstract period) which came about gradually between 1959 and 1963, and is to do with colour.”
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