Size: 8″ x 9″
Signed and dated: Fedden 1989
Framing: Simple silvered frame with a complimentary mount
Provenance: Phillips auctioneers, Bath (now part of Bonhams)
Literature: illustrated page 157, Mary Fedden and Julian Trevelyan – Life and Art by the River Thames (José Manser 2012)
‘The red table’ is a fine example of Mary Fedden’s love for painting everyday, simple objects in bright colours in her preferred medium of gouache (usually over a feint outline of pencil). Mary Fedden’s paintings reflect her love of simple, utilitarian objects – flowers in a vase, jugs on a table, fruit, bottles of wine – often placed in front of a contrasting backdrop or distant landscape. Her passion for travelling and treasured places such as Gozo, Scotland, Sicily and the Cevennes also provided a great source of inspiration over the years together with her love of animals and plants – cats, fish, birds and their eggs, fritillaries…
Mary Fedden had a rare talent for presenting everyday objects and simple themes in ‘staged’ compositions. She made brilliantly effective use of colour, as exemplified by this dramatic painting ‘The red table’. Over the years small gouache paintings, of which this work from 1989 is a fine example, have become highly collectable. This is a good example of the type of work that has made Mary Fedden a much loved figure in the art world.
MARY FEDDEN. THE RED TABLE. Available for sale – please contact us for further details.