Zinnias

Wilfrid Flood

BIRTH YEAR 1904
BIRTH PLACE Dalston, England
DEATH YEAR 1946
DEATH PLACE Ottawa, Ontario

Do you have a favourite fall flower? Blooming in early summer and lasting until the first frost, zinnias are known for their beauty and endurance. Here, Ottawa artist Wilfrid Flood depicts the dark orange blooms with painterly brushstrokes and rich colour in this still life scene. Painting in the 1930s and 1940s, and working alongside fellow Ottawa painters like Henri Masson and Maurice Haycock, Flood was well known for his expressive industrial scenes, rural landscapes, and portraiture. His still lifes, allowing for exercises in formal technique, capture a sense of life, vitality, and interest in colour.

MEDIUM Oil on canvas
DATE n.d.
DIMENSIONS 40.6cm x 45.7cm
ACCESSION NUMBER 2016.02.25
CREDIT LINE Collection of the Ottawa Art Gallery: gift of George Heaslip, 2016
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION
A painting depicted dark orange flowers in a vase. The zinnias are placed in a green vessel which is sets on a brown surface in front of a green background. A plate is standing behind the flowers. Light comes from the left side, creating shadows on the left side of the composition.

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