Monday, September 26, 2016

About Marianne North

Marianne North is a woman who painted 800 paintings of plants and flowers, representing over 900 species from 17 countries on 6 different continents in 14 years.

Below is a map at the beginning of her autobiography which indicates where she went painting plants.

Countries Marianne North travelled to and painted plants and flowers

Life begins at 40

All this started after the age of 40 while travelling solo, painting in oils, dressed in long Victorian dresses and making plans for a new Gallery to house her collection of paintings when she got back to England.

Admittedly her family was well connected and she was comfortably off, but she still had to endure an awful lot while off painting in the back of beyond!

The Marianne North Gallery

This is now the only permanent solo exhibition by a woman artist in the UK - and you can find it at the Marianne North gallery in the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

The prompt to complete my new page About Marianne North on my website about Botanical Art and Artists is a television programme about Marianne North which is on BBC4 tonight at 9pm.  It's called Kew's Forgotten Queen. You'll be able to find it on iPlayer on this link after it has aired.

In the meantime, if you'd like to find out more about Marianne North, the new page covers
  • the timeline of her life and travels
  • her paintings and painting methods
  • The Marianne North Gallery at Kew

1 comment:

Sonia said...

Thanks for the prompt Katherine. I would have missed this! A few years ago I found a book in our local library about this artist and have since been lucky enough to visit her gallery at Kew. An amazing woman.

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