Portraitures

Portraiture

Portraiture is a register with which Morgan-Snell plays to perfection. Her indigenous looking models evoke intense, spontaneous and expressive life. Her paintings evoke discreet colours and keen observation.

The portraits help us to understand the early works in Morgan-Snell’s pictorial creation in 1953, and are paintings of those who are particularly dear to her heart and those from her immediate surroundings. All are head and shoulder portraits, in two dimensions for the most part, mainly using the canvas as pictorial medium and even tracing paper, either in the round, or in plaster. The line is certain and firm; from each portrait there emanates a sensitivity corresponding to that of each of the models that Morgan-Snell has managed to capture. The stylistic evolution of the portraits follows the painter’s general pictorial evolution both in the choice of colours and composition. She never painted a self-portrait.


Profile of a woman, 1972. Tempera. Private collection
Profile of a woman, 1972. Tempera. Private collection
Tempera. Private collection
Tempera. Private collection

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