Floral Still Life, 1946


Born in Bristol in 1915, Mary Fedden is renowned for her unique perspective and great talent for finding beauty in the everyday.

She worked with bold palettes and simplified shapes, carefully orchestrating her still life compositions to draw out the extraordinary from ordinary objects. In fact, it was her constant progression and development throughout her career that makes her overall body of work so interesting; from her earlier pieces playing with colour, perspective, and patterns to her later work experimenting with light, texture, and crisper, cleaner lines.

DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 50.8 x 40.6 cm/20.0 x 16.0 ins
SIGNATURE: Signed M.Fedden and dated 1946 (lower right)
MEDIUM: Oil on canvas

Catalogue No: 5989 Categories: ,


This piece was painted in 1946, the year Mary Fedden was able to resume easel painting after the second world war. Her first solo exhibition followed the next year at the Mansard Gallery in Heal’s Department Store, where several of her still life flower paintings were displayed.

Fedden developed her own style of flower paintings and still lifes, reminiscent of artists such as Matisse and Braque.

In 1995, she acknowledged in an interview in The Artist magazine:

‘I really float from influence to influence…. I found the early Ben Nicholsons fascinating as were the paintings of his wife Winifred. I also admire the Scottish artist Anne Redpath and the French painter Henri Hayden.’

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