Liss Llewellyn Fine Art - 20th Century British Art

Anna Zinkeisen (1901-1976)   BIOGRAPHY

Monstrol Blue, circa 1935
Framed (ref: 178)
Acrylic and oil on canvas, 16 x 22 in. (40.6 x 56 cm.)


Provenance: ICI Corporate Collection until 2002

This painting was commissioned by ICI to commemorate the introduction of the colour monstrol blue by the company in the mid 1930s. The painting is typical of Zinkeisen's pre-war style, balancing successfully her own figurative tendencies and strong sense of design, along with the presiding spirit of Surrealism. The picture dates to the period when Anna, with her sister Doris, painted murals for the liner Queen Mary.

Anna Zinkeisen (1901-1976)

Portrait, figure, landscape and mural painter, born in Kilereggan, Dunbartonshire. Her sister was the artist Doris Zinkeisen. Studied at Royal Academy Schools, where she won several medals. She went on to exhibit widely, including at the RA, RBA, RHA, ROI, SWA, RSA, Redfern Gallery and abroad. She completed murals on the liner Queen Mary. Zinkeisen's pictures are forthrightly realistic. She was a fine portrait painter, as evidenced by her self-portrait in the National Portrait Gallery. The Imperial War Museum, City Art Gallery in Bradford, Nottingham City Museum and Art Gallery and collections abroad hold her work.

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