Art History (Mary Fedden)

Topics: Yehudi Menuhin, United Kingdom, Yehudi Menuhin School Pages: 1 (353 words) Published: April 27, 2013
Mary Fedden
I am looking at Mary Fedden’s work to develop my ideas about the different techniques she used and also how she works, hopefully by doing this I will pick up some tips about how to make my work better and possibly include those in my final design to get my grade higher. Mary Fedden was a British artist and she left school to study at the Slade School of Art at the age of sixteen. After leaving the college she made a living teaching, painting portraits and producing stage designs for Sadler’s Wells and the Arts Theatre. At the outbreak of the Second World War Fedden served in the Land Army and the Woman's Voluntary Service and was commissioned to produce murals for the war effort. In 1944 she was sent abroad as a driver for the Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes. After the war, Fedden returned to easel painting and developed her individual style of still life painting. From 1958-1964 she taught at the Royal College of Art and was appointed the first female tutor in the Painting School. Her pupils included David Hockney and Allen Jones. Subsequently, Fedden taught at the Yehudi Menuhin School and was elected Royal Academician. From 1984 to 1988 she was President of the Royal West of England Academy. She was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Bath and an O.B.E. for her work. In an article in 'The Artist' magazine, Fedden wrote:

'I really float from influence to influence found the early Ben Nicholson's fascinating as were the paintings of his wife Winifred. I also admire the Scottish artist Anne Redpath and the French painter Henri Hayden.1951Mary Fedden married the artist Julian Trevelyan who she had met before the war. They took a studio on the Thames River at Chiswick, where Fedden, lived and worked there until she passed away. Fedden died in 2012 aged 96 Mary Fedden has cleverly used paint as her main techniques in most of her work. She creates soft and hard tones by blending the tones as shown in the pears.
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