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Red Currant Jelly, 1972

Mary Pratt
Canadian, 1935
oil on masonite
45.9 x 45.6 cm
Purchased 1976
National Gallery of Canada (no. 18526)
© Mary Pratt

Mary Pratt is interested in the surface qualities - light and shadows, colours and textures - of everyday objects. Working from colour slides, she tightly crops the composition making the banal subject matter vibrate with intensity and tension. Finding extraordinary meaning in the ordinary shapes and textures of domestic life, especially food preparation, Pratt presents visual icons of her life. The lines created by the placement of the four glass bowls of jelly, in conjunction with the lines of the foil and cast shadows, enhance the one-point perspective in this composition.






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