Jessie Drew-Bear, Untitled (Vase of Flowers)

Oil and ink on canvas
Credit Line
Woodmere Art Museum: Promised gift of the Drew-Bear Family
30 1/2 x 20 1/2 in.

Drew-Bear painted flowers more frequently than any other subject. Even when her subject is not a floral still life, the characters in her figurative paintings often hold bouquets, or the stage settings that she invents are framed with floral borders. Even her undersea paintings can be understood as fantasies of a flower-like universe.

In Untitled (Vase of Flowers), a mid-career work, she uses ink lines to describe the details of wallpaper. Her application of paint is more varied, with thin and thick paint used in combination to create a variety of rich textures, as on the peach-colored table or the flowers themselves.


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