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Domestic Symphony, 1919

Margaret Watkins
Canadian, 1884 - 1969
palladium print
21.2 x 16.4 cm
Purchased 1984 with the assistance of a grant from the Government of Canada under the terms of the Cultural Property Export and Import Act
National Gallery of Canada (no. 20627)

This still-life study of eggs on a drainboard showcases Watkins’ virtuosity at revealing form through the use of ordinary objects. The striped dish towel draped over the side of the enamel board adds a dimension of verticality while the rounded edges of the cast iron frying pan and an enamelware pie plate fill the background. This image was included in an article on Watkins and her photographs under the title “Photography Comes into the Kitchen” in Vanity Fair magazine in 1921.




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