Gentle Spring Brings Her Stuff to Market

Gentle Spring Brings Her Garden Stuff to Market, 1896
Amy Sawyer (1863-1945)
Oil on canvas
BORGM 01937
Image © Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum

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Gentle Spring Brings Her Stuff to Market

The red-headed female with her arms full of flowers represents the season, Spring. The use of bright colours, an abundance of flowers and streaming light all serve to emphasise Spring’s fertile nature.

Amy Sawyer studied at the Herkomer School of Art in Bushey under Professor Kerkomer. Her style of work owes much to the Arts and Crafts Exhibition of which The Studio wrote: ‘Its harmony of colour is exceedingly sumptuous; pitched in the key of jewels, enamels, or stained glass, it almost succeeds into believing that oil paint can rival crystals, or the plumage of humming birds.’

Gentle Spring brings her garden stuff to the market displayed a similar translucent colouring and fascination with the colourful designs of nature through its depiction of flora and fauna. The unusual proportions of the canvas, which allow the artist to develop an elegant, elongated form, also reflects the influence of the Arts and Crafts movement on the painting.

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