Liss Llewellyn Fine Art - 20th Century British Art

Anna Zinkeisen (1901-1976)   BIOGRAPHY

Caledon' Jade Green, late 1940s
Framed (ref: 955)
Oil on canvas, 16 x 22 in. (40.6 x 56 cm.)


Provenance: ICI Corporate Art Collection
Literature: Joyce Watkins, The Studio, 123 (1942), pp 107-111, The Advertiser as Art Patron, ICI Ltd.  Art and Industry, 1950, issue 48 p. 36

This was one of a number of Zinkeisen paintings commissioned by ICI Ltd in the 1940's as part of their Aspects of Industry series.  Other artists who contributed to the scheme included Cuneo, Pears, Wadsworth, Nevinson and Skeaping and Anna's sister Doris.

This still life, commissioned  in the late 1940's,  celebrates the invention of a new dye called Caledon Jade Green.  The painting was subsequently used  for an ICI advertisement which, ironically,  was reproduced  in black and white.

According to the 1950 issue of  Art and Industry,  Caledon Jade Green is especially resistant to laudering and dry-cleaning, besides being little affected by bright sun light.  Its discovery was a major achievement of the British dyestuffs industry, and ranks as one of the worlds's five greatest dyestuffs discoveries of recent years, three of which have been the work of I.C.I chemists, issue 48, p. 36

We are grateful to Philip Kelleway for his assistance

Anna Zinkeisen (1901-1976)

Portrait, figure, landscape and mural painter, born in Kilereggan, Dunbartonshire. Her sister was the artist Doris Zinkeisen. Studied at Royal Academy Schools, where she won several medals. She went on to exhibit widely, including at the RA, RBA, RHA, ROI, SWA, RSA, Redfern Gallery and abroad. She completed murals on the liner Queen Mary. Zinkeisen's pictures are forthrightly realistic. She was a fine portrait painter, as evidenced by her self-portrait in the National Portrait Gallery. The Imperial War Museum, City Art Gallery in Bradford, Nottingham City Museum and Art Gallery and collections abroad hold her work.

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