About this artwork

Sandeman trained at the Glasgow School of Art where she became close friends with Joan Eardley (1921-1963) and Ian Hamilton Finlay (1925-2006) with whom she collaborated. She began collaging text onto her paintings in 1973, and this in turn inspired Finlay to use collage. In this painting Sandeman’s grand-daughter Anna contemplates a poem written by Wallace Stevens (1879-1955). The Latin line 'Opusculum paedagogum' translates into ‘a little task for a pupil’. Sandeman believed that by framing a painting the artist was implying that it was an illusion and not directly part of the world of objects, so her works were intentionally unframed.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
  • title:
    Anna contemplating 'Pear'
  • date created:
    2004
  • materials:
    Oil on collage
  • measurements:
    116.00 x 71.00 cm (framed: 71.30 x 117.00 x 2.30 cm)
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Purchased 2007
  • accession number:
    GMA 4822
  • gallery:
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve
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Margot Sandeman

Margot Sandeman