Still life with a melon


Still life with a melon

1927 United Kingdom

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Reproduction Continental 20th Century Artists frame with gesso finish
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This still life was included in both McCance’s first solo exhibition, in Reading Art Gallery, and in the major retrospective of his work which was shown in Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow in 1975. It is characteristic of his use of colour: saturated, rich and descriptive, laid on in a voluptuous impasto which caresses the surfaces of the various objects. The use of the palette knife gives an almost sculptural sense of solidity and volume to the glazed jar and the melon. This is a relatively early work in the same realist style as the 1919 painting, Kimono study, of his wife Agnes, and shows the same delight in patterns of vibrant colour across the picture surface. Although small, it is complex in its articulation of space, and also of reflections (in the polished table-top and the looking-glass behind, including in the latter a reflection of a reflection).
Height 40.60 cm (15.98 inches)
Width 50.80 cm (20.00 inches)
External Height 57.50 cm (22.64 inches)
External Width 67.30 cm (26.50 inches)
Oil on canvas
s. & d. '27
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