Modern British Art by Charles Mahoney: Study of a Sunflower, late 1940s |



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Charles Mahoney:
Study of a Sunflower, late 1940s

Framed (ref: 547)
Oil over pencil on board, prepared with a pink gesso ground, 15 x 12 in. (38 x 30.5 cm.)

Tags: flowers

Provenance: acquired directly from the artist’s daughter (ref. no. N21a III)
Literature: Martin Postle, The Art of the Garden, exh. cat.,Tate Britain, 2004, p. 118

Mahoney’s unbridled enthusiasm for plants was shared with Edward Bawden, Evelyn Dunbar, Geoffrey Rhoades and John Nash, all of whom swapped cuttings with each other by post. The artist’s daughter recalls that he ‘particularly liked to grow and paint tall, statuesque plants;Annual Sunflowers excelled in this respect. In addition they had handsome heads, with great twisted necks resembling a Celtic torque’ (Elizabeth Bulkeley, email to Paul Liss, 2 February 2007).

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