Madge Tennent 1889 - 1972

Summer, 1941
Oil on Wood Panel
44.50 x 38 in (113.03 x 96.52 cm)
43 x 32 in
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In 1941 Tennent created a series of works titled, "The Four Seasons" all in the same technique, sepia oils on wood panel. in "Summer", illustrated at page 122 "The Art and Writing of Madge Tennent", the artist departs from her usual oil painting technique and instead relies on the undulating pattern of the plywood to define the forms of the model. Here she has created a hybrid of her well known oil painting techniques and her well known "feather" drawing techniques, all executed in a new way. The robust earth-tones she uses here remind us of the warm, brown color of Hawaiian skin and the red earth of the Hawaiian land. 

In his monograph on his mother's works, Arthur Tennent commented, "Perhaps what strikes one most forcibly about Madge's art is her bold originality. It is not by accident that Madge Tennent's oils go unsigned." He reminds us that her works are unmistakable and her distinctive style is enough to identify her as the artist. On this painting, however, she did sign, date and title her work verso.

Provenance: Kenneth Kingrey (1913 - 1994) collection from 1941, then sold at public sale, Private collection, Honolulu 1994 - present

Very fine, original condition

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