Purchased directly from the artist by the present owner
Mary was a wonderful draughtsman and her finished drawings are a testament to this. Christopher Andreae writes: 'The contrasts that characterise these finished drawings are like fortissimo and pianissimo in a piece of music. A highly sensitive balance is achieved between loud and quiet, mass and line, solidity and airy spaces'. (Christopher Andreae, Mary Fedden, Enigmas and Variations, Lund Humphries, 2007, p.105)
Sometimes Mary's drawings are punctuated by accents of colour, emphasising the creative process and lending a surreal quality to the work. This device also draws our attention to the objects to which she has chosen to give life/colour. Here Mary has picked out fruit, including figs which grew in abundance on a large fig tree in her courtyard at Durham Wharf. The background is loosely based on St Ives and the composition reflects her interest in Christopher Wood and Ben Nicholson's work of the 1920s, combining both still life and seascape.
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