BC090

Still Life, Brentwood Avenue, Auckland

Rounded shapes in brown, blue, green and red. Lower margin some vigorous scraping into brown paint. Mid to upper background divided into three. Diagonal of white brushwork left margin to large brown shape left of centre.

Date
1977
Object type
painting
Medium and materials
oil on canvas
Dimensions
image:318x403mm
frame:330x420mm
Place Made
Auckland, New Zealand
Inscriptions

Verso pencil on strip of green repair canvas (not in artist's hand) Brentwood Avenue

Details
Credit Line

Donated to the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand by H. F. V. Scales, 1979

Condition Report

Vertical cut right of centre, repaired with green repair canvas by James Ross, c1979.

Copyright Licence
Courtesy Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Reference no. G-338
Current Collection

Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand

Current Location

Wellington, New Zealand

General notes

Donated to the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand by the artist, 1979. Title and date supplied by artist at time of donation.

Scales cut this canvas vertically right of centre, possibly with a penknife. Repaired with an attachment of green canvas backing by James Ross, prior to the donation in 1979. Toss Woollaston, on a visit to the Alexander Turnbull Library, 1992, observed that the cut would have been “an accident of a private nature.”

Alexander Turnbull Library National Library of New Zealand documentation notes: “The artist would set up still life studies on a sideboard against a wallpaper background, shows tea-cosy on the left with pears and a posy of flowers in vase.”

References

‘A Personal Reminiscence’ by Gretchen Albrecht, Art New Zealand, issue 37, 1985, pg 52

“Miss Scales was painting a still life of flowers and fruit [Still Life, Brentwood Avenue, Auckland [BC090]] which were arranged on a sideboard in the sparsely furnished sitting room, amongst propped-up postcards, small finished and unfinished paintings, and a treasured small square-shaped book written in French on Cézanne. (Years later she told me that the landscape reproduced on the cover of this book was painted by Cézanne from the garden or house of Paul Signac in St Tropez, that she caught glimpses of through the big gates during her frequent painting visits to that town during the nineteen-thirties. Dr Eric McCormick added an extra footnote to this by telling me that the villa next to Signac’s was occupied in 1931 by friends of Frances Hodgkins, George and Maude Burge, and that Frances Hodgkins painted in their garden that year.)”