Marysia Donaldson is probably best known for her still lifes, of which this is a fine example. There is a strength and assurance in the brush strokes which animates the entire surface, from the warm, criss-crossed background to the rich blues of the tablecloth. The pomegranates have a three-dimensional solidity akin to Cezannes’s miraculous bowls of painted fruit, while the foliage in the partially glazed pottery jug lifts towards the pink flowerheads in a manner so far removed from wilting that one senses pleasure. There is strength in Marysia's dynamic, Post-impressionistic style, but also a light touch that points to her other gift as a pianist.
Marysia (nee Maria Krystyna Mora-Szorc) was born in Warsaw in 1930, but raised and educated in Scotland. After school she was attracted to sculpture but gradually moved towards painting, eventually studying at the Glasgow School of Art. There she was trained by David Donaldson, later the Queen’s Painter and Limner in Scotland, whom she married.
Well regarded throughout her life (she died in 2018 at the age of 88) she has exhibited in numerous exhibitions, here and abroad, and held many one-man shows to great acclaim. Her work is represented in collections as diverse as that of the late HRH, Duke of Edinburgh and Hambros Bank.
Signed top right hand corner.
Dimensions (approximate): Framed: H:85cm, W:94cm, D:3cm, image H:67, W:76cm
Oil on canvas
Framed: Bronze painted wooden frame with attractively distressed finish showing gum arabic under layer, stone colour narrow inner frame, glazed
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