Untitled [Still Life - Fruit and Jug]
Margot Leonie Luise Philips
Circa 1952-Circa 1953
During the 1950s German-born Jewish artist Margot Philips (1902 – 1988) benefitted from the support and friendship of Kirikiriroa Hamilton’s Janet Paul. Philips, a recent arrival to Kirikiriroa Hamilton, attended informal sketching sessions at the Pauls’ home, where a group of friends would draw still lifes and the scenes through the Pauls’ window. Heather Lomas, Eunice Claire, Shirley Whittlestone (nee Stuart) and Jean Fairburn made up the remainder of the group. Philips also met with another sketching group at Jean and Geoff Fairburn’s home around this time.
This still life with fruit, flowers and yellow jug is likely from one of these sessions. On the reverse of the painting is a still life with pumpkins and gourds.
Philips eventually launched a career as one of the Waikato’s leading twentieth-century artists. Philips first experimented with landscape painting in the 1950s, and then rose in prominence through the 1960s and 1970s.
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