Thomas Lowinsky

Mrs James Mackie

1935

Artist
Thomas Lowinsky 1892–1947
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.

Gallery label, September 2004

Catalogue entry

N05329 MRS JAMES MACKIE 1935
 
Inscr. ‘TEL [in monogram] 1935’ b.r. and ‘T. Lowinsky’ b.l., on chair.
Tempera on canvas, 22 1/2×17 1/2 (57×44·5).
Chantrey Purchase from the artist 1939.
Exh: R.A., 1940 (56).

Included in the catalogue of the Memorial exhibition, Wildenstein, January–February 1949 (26), but in fact shown with the Chantrey Collection at the R.A., January–March 1949 (238).

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I

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