oil and flowers

June 19, 2020

I came across the work of American Impressionist painter, Mary Elizabeth Price today, and while I typically find Impressionism a little saccharine, her oil and gold leaf Hollyhocks jumped off the page at me. There’s something in the combination of mustards and pinks that I’m drawn to, and I love how densely packed the panel is. Price taught art to children at Greenwich House in New York City, but lived much of her life in her “Pumpkin Seed” home in New Buck, Pennsylvania surrounded by a garden of irises, peonies, mallows, delphiniums, poppies, hollyhocks, gladioli¬†and lilies. “When I first saw the original cottage it was painted such a vivid yellow that I instinctively thought of a pumpkin; and it was so small that I named it Pumpkin Seed more in derision than anything else. But the quaintness of the name grew on us so that we’ve learned to love it.”¬†

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