Mary Fedden

The Lighthouse

  • Signed and dated '1974' (lower left), further signed and titled (on a label attached verso)
  • Oil on canvas
  • 16 x 20 ins


Acquired directly from the artist by the present owners parents
Thence by descent

London, New Grafton Gallery, September 1975, cat. no.10

Mary Fedden greatly admired the work of Ben Nicholson and Christopher Wood. Their compositional device of placing a still life in front of a landscape was one which Fedden explored throughout her life. The juxtaposition of near and far, and interior and landscape, greatly appealed to Fedden and to other Modern British artists including Winifred Nicholson and John Piper: in many ways it has become a staple of Modern British painting. The Lighthouse, painted in 1974, employs an earthier palette typical of this period of Fedden's work. Although the location is not named and is likely to have been imagined by Fedden, the whitewashed cottages in the distance suggest she may have been thinking of St Ives, the town which inspired Ben Nicholson and others and became a mecca for Modern British artists.

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