Mary Fedden: Enigmas and Variations

Mary Fedden: Enigmas and Variations

by Christopher Andreae




Mary Fedden (1915-2012) is one of Britain's most popular artists. The focus of this acclaimed book, newly available in paperback in celebration of her life's achievement, is the artist's creative process in various different media - oil, gouache, pencil and collage. In an engaging text, which draws on numerous conversations with the artist during her final years, Christopher Andreae considers why Fedden has always had such a popular following, looks at the English quality of her work, and talks about the commercialisation of her art and her attitudes to the art market. Fedden is shown to be an original, serious and prolific artist, a draftsman of unusual sensitivity and prowess, and a colourist of power and subtlety.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781848221543
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
Publication date: 04/28/2014
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 9.50(w) x 11.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Christopher Andreae has written about art since the early 1960s. He is the author of Joan Eardley (2013), Mary Newcomb (1996 and 2007), A Word or Two (a collection of essays published in 2004) and Winifred Nicholson (2009).

Table of Contents

Thanks and Acknowledgments
Introduction: Mary Fedden: Themes, Variations, and Enigmas
Chapter One: A Gallery of Mary Feddens
Chapter Two: Three Beginnings
Interlude: Poetical
Chapter Three: Fedden vis à vis Other Artists
Chapter Four: Painting and Other Media
Chapter Five: Still Life
Interlude: Flowers and Cats
Chapter Six: Figures - Memory, Imagination, and Fantasy
A Bizarre Interlude
Chapter Seven: Pattern, Composition, Colour
Chapter Eight: Travels
Chapter Nine: Sidelines
Interlude: Familiarity Breeds Contentment
Chapter Ten: Repeats, Replications and Re-explorations
Final Thoughts
Index of Works.

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