MARION GREENWOOD / MID 20TH CENTURY
‘Black-eyed Susan' beautifully represents the Social Realism movement that emerged in the early 20th century. Artists linked to this period often witnessed firsthand the economic and social challenges faced by the working class. Through intricate details and soft contrast, pieces evoke emotional reflections of social injustice. Although a prominent voice in the Mexican Art Movement, Marion Greenwood's work reflects her rich and varied experiences in numerous parts of the world, capturing the emotion of regions such as Europe, North Africa, and Asia. 'Black-eyed Susan' was inspired during her stay in South China, where she lived and worked alongside her writer husband for almost two years. This experience gave her an intimate relationship with the Chinese people, reflected in this piece's powerful emotional expression.