Helen McNicoll

Buttercups

c. 1910
It was at St. Ives, Cornwall, that the Montreal painter Helen McNicoll learned to paint outdoors from direct observation. There, she met her painting companion, Dorothea Sharpe. Together they painted intimate scenes of women and children bathed in light. While the foreground field is painted with short, rapid brush strokes, a sense of comfortable silence permeates the scene. The children acknowledge neither the viewer nor each other.
Title
Buttercups
Date
c. 1910
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on canvas
Dimensions
40.7 x 46.1 cm
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Bequest of Sylva Gelber, Ottawa, 2005
Accession number
41709