Malcolm Drummond

Girl with Palmettes

c.1914

In Tate Britain
Artist
Malcolm Drummond 1880–1945
Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 498 x 403 mm
frame: 489 x 591 x 44 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 1966
Reference
T00893

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Like other members of the Camden Town Group, Drummond was influenced by the vibrant colours used by Post-impressionist artists such as Vincent Van Gogh and Henri Matisse. Patches of bright pigment used to suggest shadow on the face, and the orange band around the sitter’s broad-brimmed hat echo the colours of the palm leaves or ‘palmettes’ in the background. In the early twentieth century, it was customary for women to wear a hat in public places, and the sitter’s clothing is characteristic of the urban middle class. This is thought to be a portrait of Drummond’s wife Zina.

Gallery label, January 2018

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