Elizabeth Blackadder

Still Life with Pomegranates


Elizabeth Blackadder born 1931
Oil paint on canvas
Support: 864 x 1118 mm
Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1966

Not on display

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A regular theme in Blackadder's work during the 1960s was the still life. Some favourite domestic objects appeared several times, such as a dark coffee pot, small painted boxes, patterned cloths and richly coloured oriental rugs bought on her travels. These are laid out in compositions full of spatial ambiguity. Blackadder chose the objects for their colour and shape but equally they have a special personal meaning for her. She is fascinated by exotic plants and fruits and especially pomegranates 'which as well as being visually exciting with their jewel-like seeds always seemed to me to be particularly poetic with mythic connections.'
This painting was chosen by Maureen Duffy.

Gallery label, September 2004

Catalogue entry

Elizabeth Blackadder b.1931

T00859 Still Life with Pomegranates 1963

Inscr. ‘E. V. Blackadder/1963’b.r.
Canvas, 34 x 44 (86.3 x 111.7).
Chantrey Purchase from the artist 1966.
Exh. Spring Exhibition, Bradford City Art Gallery, March–May 1964 (35), as ‘Still Life: Orange and White’; R.A., 1966 (627).

Published in The Tate Gallery Report 1966–1967, London 1967.

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