Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Art Review - "Mary" by Gertrude Fiske - The Davis Museum at Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA

It's #museumtourtuesday, and here's a painting from a collection that I have yet to visit in person, the Davis Museum at Wellesley College.

Gertrude Fiske studied with another favorite painter of mine, Frank W. Benson, but her work stands strong on its own. She went on to co-found The Guild of Boston Artists in 1914.

I love the overlapping patterns in this painting. The contrast between the rigid check pattern of the dress and the more organic pattern of the wallpaper adds a lot of movement and interest to the piece. And then, there's the simplicity with which the hands are rendered. Notice how the darks all run together into a single shape, and it is the light areas which support the form.
"Mary" • Gertrude Fiske • Oil on canvas • 40 1/8" x 30 1/4" • ca. 1920

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