Gerald Gardiner (1902–1959):
The Artist’s Wife, Evelyn, Knitting on a Daybed, 1934
Framed (ref: 567)
Inscribed on label on reverse: ‘This picture is the property of Mrs Evelyn Gardiner’; dated on canvas return: ‘15th April ’34’
Oil on canvas
28 x 30.3 in. (71 x 77 cm)
Provenance: Evelyn Gardiner, Dorset; private collection, Gloucestershire; private collection, East Yorkshire; private collection, North Yorkshire
Literature: Llewellyn, Sacha, and Paul Liss. Portrait of an Artist. Liss Llewellyn, 2021, p.135.
These two paintings, which remained with the artist and his wife throughout
their lives, are somewhere between genre paintings and portraits. The setting
for both is the artist’s home Lower Nash End, Bisley in Gloucestershire, where the Gardiners moved in 1934, the year of the Daybed painting. While remaining a purely figurative painter, Gardiner delighted in applying thick impasto, often in pure colours, and had a remarkable ability to capture, in abstract gestures, both natural and artificial light, and the play of reflected light and shadows.