Untitled [Branch in a Jar and Bottle]
Margot Leonie Luise Philips
This still life with bottle and jar was one of a series of works given by the artist to Enid Claris during the 1970s. It was the artist’s intention that children at the Waikato Society of Arts classes use the back of the works to paint on. Much to the artist’s dismay and anger, Claris kept the works. It is with the artist’s blessing that these works eventually became an archive collection stored in Waikato Museum te Whare Taonga o Waikato.
Margot Leonie Luise Philips (1907-1988) was born in Germany. In 1938 she fled the onslaught of the Nazi regime and settled in Hamilton, New Zealand where she was to remain for the rest of her life. A self-confessed amateur artist who did not begin painting until her 50s, Philips attended summer school classes by Geoff Fairburn and Colin McCahon at the Adult Education Department, University of Auckland. Over the next 20 years she produced a significant body of paintings and was particularly passionate about representations of the New Zealand landscape.
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