Lot # 110
Fall 2017 - 2nd Session Live auction

Sybil Andrews
CPE 1898 - 1992 Canadian

Flower Girls
linocut in 4 colours 1934
signed, titled and editioned No. 4/60
9 3/4 x 8 1/2 in  24.8 x 21.6cm

Provenance:
Private Collection, New York
Sold sale of Fine Canadian Art, Heffel Fine Art Auction House, May 26, 2010, lot 173
Private Collection

Literature:
Peter White, Sybil Andrews, Glenbow Museum, 1982, page 26, reproduced page 40 and page 56 full page colour
Stephen Coppel, Linocuts of the Machine Age, 1995, reproduced page 114, catalogue #SA 28

Exhibited:
Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Sybil Andrews, 1982, same image, catalogue #28

In Flower Girls, Sybil Andrews creates a sense of dynamic movement with the repeated angular shapes of the women ascending the steps. The figures have great vitality, and their rich colouration against the background adds to this impression. Andrews’s bold colour palette was directly influenced by the strong colours in Russian icons that she saw in an exhibition in 1929 at the Victoria and Albert Museum. She went back numerous times to study them, and Peter White states, “This influence is apparent in the combination of deep reds and golden yellow anchored by black that recurs in her linocuts.” Here, Andrews contrasts the yellow and red tones of the lush bunches of flowers and woven baskets against the dark-toned, powerful figures. Andrews often depicted working people in her linocuts, and in this superb print, she imbues the flower sellers with strength, dignity and a sense of determination as they go about their daily activities.
Early impressions of this print are on buff oriental laid paper and late impressions are on thicker oriental paper. This is an excellent impression on buff oriental laid paper. This work is recorded in the Sybil Andrews print notebook, in the collection of the Glenbow Museum.

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