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Muriel G. Wilson (1893-1977) - Mid 20th Century Acrylic, White Thistles

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A fine still life in acrylic by the listed artist Muriel Gertrude Wilson (1893-1977), depicting thistle flowers. The composition and palette is particularly interesting, as the artist chose contrasting colours for both the background and subject. Signed to the lower left corner, as shown. Signed. On wove.


The condition is typical for a picture of this age including some discolouration and surface marks and light craquelure. Some mild creasing a tearing to the edges. Largest tear measures 2cm. Some surface scratching.


71.6 x 50cm (28.2" x 19.7")
Sheet: 75.3 x 56.1cm (29.6" x 22.1")

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Artist Biography

Muriel G. Wilson (1893-1977) was a painter, born Muriel Gertrude Samuelson in Saltburn-by-the-Sea in North Yorkshire. She appears to have been a largely self-taught artist. In 1915 she married Bassett Fitzgerald Wilson who was then serving as an officer in the Army. Following a severe injury, he was recommended art therapy, and discovered a talent for painting and soon began exhibiting his work. Her husband’s new interest in art may have encouraged Muriel Wilson to take up painting. She discovered that she too had a similar aptitude and in 1921 the couple held a joint exhibition at Walkers Gallery in London. It is somewhat uncertain where exactly Muriel G. Wilson subsequently exhibited as there were two artists called Muriel Wilson exhibiting in Britain at this time.

What is known is that Muriel G. Wilson was a frequent exhibitor at Walker's Gallery in London and Murial G. Wilson is listed as an exhibitor at the Society of Women Artists. A painting by her entitled 'Cape Gooseberries' is illustrated in Drawing & Design October 1921 and a painting entitled 'Summer Flowers' is illustrated in Drawing & Design, January 1922. In 1930 a joint exhibition by Bassett and Muriel G. Wilson was staged at the Knoedler & Co. Gallery in New York City. The previous year they had left their home in Knightsbridge, London and relocated in Montparnasse, Paris. Over the next decade, the pair eagerly embraced the Paris Modernist School and by 1933 both were exhibiting at the Paris Salon. Much of Muriel G. Wilson’s work was destroyed during the war and she and her husband returned to England.

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Code pr245
Artist Muriel G. Wilson (1893-1977)
Date Mid 20th Century
Dimensions 71.6 x 50cm
Medium Acrylic
Style Realism
Subject Floral & Botanical
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