Jean Cooke painted ‘Hortus Siccus’ indoors over a single weekend in 1967. When she submitted it to the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition, she wrote on the back ‘Very Wet’, as an instruction to the art handlers.
Jean said of this painting: ‘It’s very much an indoor painting; the idea was to use various images to make up a whole…. All the plants were in the garden, so I associated them with it and felt for them in the garden. To paint something, I have to feel for it in some way.’
🗓️ Jean Cooke: Ungardening is open now until 10 September
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Image: Hortus Siccus (1967), oil on canvas, Jean Cooke © Estate of Jean Cooke, courtesy of Piano Nobile, London