Helen Wingate (1886-1954)
|Artist Name||Helen Wingate (1886-1954)|
|Title||Portrait of a Girl in Pink|
This lovely Scottish Colourist portrait oil painting is by noted Scottish female artist Helen Ainslie Wingate. She was the daughter of Sir Charles Lawton Wingate who was president of the Royal Scottish Academy in 1919. It was exhibited at the Scottish Society of Women Artists and bears a label verso where it is entitled Girl in Pink but not dated. It was probably painted circa 1920 when Wingate painted and exhibited several portraits. The painting is a half length portrait of a young girl in a pink dress with cream collar and cuffs and black belt. She is leaning against the bough of a tree with grass beyond. Her dark hair is tied back in two plaits with black ribbon and her deep blue eyes are gazing at the artist/viewer. The palette of pink against the green is very vibrant and the pose is natural and relaxed. This a lovely painting by a noted Scottish female artist and is a good example of Scottish Colourists.
Signed Helen Wingate top right.
|Provenance||Scottish Society of Women Artists exhibition label verso with details.
|Medium||Oil on Canvas|
|Size||24 x 18 inches|
|Frame||Housed in a fine frame, 30 inches by 24 inches. Frame in good condition.|
|Biography||Helen Ainslie Wingate (1886-1954) was born in Muthill, Perthshire. She was the daughter of Sir Charles Lawton Wingate, President of the Royal Scottish Academy. She lived in Edinburgh and mostly likely studied at the Royal Academy Schools. She worked in oils and watercolours and painted landscapes, seascapes and portraits. After marriage her name was Helen Ainslie Thornton but she continued to paint under her maiden name.
She exhibited at The Royal Scottish Academy 25, Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour 11, Glasgow Institute of Fine art 10 and Walker Gallery Liverpool 4.