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GLAHA 41287: 'Truth Lies at the Bottom of the Well' c.1912-15 - click to view larger image

GLAHA 41287
"Truth Lies at the Bottom of the Well" c.1912-15
(watercolour)

CRE MACNAIR, Frances Macdonald; (English; 1873-1921)


Materials:
pencil and watercolour on paper
Dimensions:
35.4 x 30.1
Frame:
IU
Marks:
s. b.l. "FRANCES MACNAIR."
References:
Notes:
This watercolour is one of a series of powerful late works by Frances Macdonald McNair. It illustrates an ancient proverb showing truth confined, sleeping at the bottom of a well. The female figures all hold fingers to their lips, appearing to ask for silence: truth is not to be disturbed nor is she to be allowed to speak. The picture may have a wider significance as an allegory on the restrained role of women in Edwardian society.
Keywords:
WATERCOLOUR : STYLISED FEMALE FIGURES : CRM ONLINE :

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