signed 'Emmy Bridgwater' (lower left)
oil on board
24 x 29 in. (61 x 73.7 cm.)
Painted in 1945.
Artist or Maker
Emmy Bridgwater (1906-1999)
Finland, Retretti Art Centre, Surrealismi - Surrealism, May - September 1987, not numbered.
with Blond Fine Art, London.
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Emmy Bridgwater's spaces are symbolic of the primitive chaos which man carries in himself, deep down. The head which has sprouted here in a landscape in the making, looks both innocent and bewildered, growing like a plant with leaves, the sole inhabitant of a place of birth, but a dry, sterile place. Will the head become a fountain so that growth can be aided? The pictorial technique used here is akin to art brut, using areas of colour with little attention to details and to the finish, except emblematically.
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