Charles Mahoney (1903-1968):
The Artist's Hand
Framed (ref: 3806)
Oil on canvas
9 x 7 in. (22.9 x 17.8 cm)
Provenance: The Artist's Studio
Literature: Llewellyn, Sacha, and Paul Liss. Portrait of an Artist. Liss Llewellyn, 2021, p.376.
In this composition Charles Mahoney artfully explores several of the themes artists are preoccupied daily - the artist as creator and the relationship between nature and artifice. The thistle that Mahoney paints himself reaching out for is in fact one of his own paintings, not a thistle; and his hand is also a painted hand, (painted by the hand of the artist that we cannot see here because it is engaged on creating this very work.