Thomas Lowinsky Mrs James Mackie 1935

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Artist
Thomas Lowinsky 1892–1947
Title
Mrs James Mackie
Date 1935
Medium Tempera on canvas
Dimensions Support: 571 x 445 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1939
Reference
N05329
Not on display

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Thomas Lowinsky studied at the Slade School of Art and had his first solo show at the Leicester Galleries in 1926. He did not paint commissioned portraits; instead Lowinsky worked from his friends or professional models. He liked to depict elegant women in sympathetic surroundings and usually chose a range of muted low-key colours for them and their setting. Lowinsky's paintings were executed with care, without any changes of mind or overtly expressive areas of brushwork. He was a meticulous worker, which resulted in very penetrating portraits, such as this work. We know nothing about the sitter nor where she sat, and can only admire her quiet elegance.

September 2004

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