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Still Life with Pears

© the Humphrey Spender Archive. Photo credit: Manchester Art Gallery

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Domestic still life group painted using a wax resist technique, comprising of two pears on the left, lying next to a decorative glass vase to the right. The subjects depicted are somewhat two dimensional; the subjects merge with the background in this sense and seem to share its decorative qualities. Hatching and 'scribble' marks define the background, resembling plant or floral motifs. The colours are naturalistic and somewhat muted, with predominantly brown and orange tones used.

Manchester Art Gallery



Still Life with Pears




oil, ink & wax on canvas


H 27.1 x W 36.8 cm

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Acquisition method

purchased from the Redfern Gallery, 1947

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Inscription description

artist's inscription : : brc : artist's name, date : J.H.Spender / 1947


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