Louise Pickard

The Green Balcony

c.1927

Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 635 x 762 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Miss Christina M. Rivington 1928
Reference
N04426

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Pickard was 30 years old when she finally overcame her family’s resistance to her choice of career and enrolled at the Slade School of Art. She later trained in Paris. By the end of the first world war she had became a conspicuous exhibitor at the New English Art Club, along with Walker, Sands and others. Her work reflects what critic D.S. MacColl tartly called ‘a field surrendered to [women artists] by the men of their generation’, often repeating subjects (she could rarely afford models) drawn from her immediate surroundings.

Gallery label, February 2010

Catalogue entry

N04426 THE GREEN BALCONY c. 1927

Not inscribed.
Canvas, 25×30 (63·5×76·5).
Presented by Miss Christina M. Rivington 1928.
Coll: Miss Rivington, purchased at the Alpine Club Gallery 1928.
Exh: Alpine Club Gallery, October 1928 (78).

According to the artist's niece, Miss I. M. Thompson, ‘“The Green Balcony” I feel certain must have been painted from the balcony at Rodney House, Richmond, where she spent the last year of her life.... This must have been painted about 1927’ (letter of 27 July 1961). Richmond Bridge also appears in a number of other pictures by the artist, including one belonging to Miss Thompson.

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

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