Historic Art | Mary Pratt R.C.A.

Brass glass peaches and cream 2008 oc 24x36 web

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Brass, Glass, Peaches and Cream, 2008

Technique: oil on canvas

Dimensions: 24x36 in.

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Provenance

Private collection, Ontario

Collection of Mira Godard

Exhibited

Mary Pratt, The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery and The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, September 2013 – January 2015

The Desire to Acquire: London Collects, Museum of London, September 3, 2016 – January 8, 2017

Literature

The Rooms Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador, Mary Pratt, reproduced pg. 116-17 in full colour

Brass, Glass, Peaches and Cream is a 2008 work by Pratt that exhibits the incredible high realism that she is most famous for. In this work, Pratt’s mastery of rendering light is evident, the materials nearly photorealistic in their presentation. While Brass, Glass, Peaches and Cream was painted later in Pratt’s life, it still shows a female’s domestic viewpoint, one that she continued to represent throughout her decades long career that spanned a changing social landscape.

About the Artist

Mary Pratt was born in 1935 in Fredericton, New Brunswick. As a fine arts student at Mount Allison University, Pratt was mentored by Alex Colville and in her second year met her future husband Christopher Pratt. Mary Pratt’s work represented a snapshot of a woman’s domestic life, creating highly realistic and dramatic still life works that were inspired by her surroundings. In 1996, she became a Companion of the Order of Canada, and in 2013 she became a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. Pratt passed away in Newfoundland in August of 2018.
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