The Paintings of Ivor John Powell

The vision of a border Welshman

Frogs by Ivor Powell

47. Frogs

cm. Canvas with home-made frame with owner's additions

Private Collection

This composition records an actual occurrence when, much to his amusement, Ivor found two frogs in a bucket he had left standing next to the garden wall. Though the colour of the bucket might seem artificially chosen for aesthetic purposes, he did have a white plastic bucket in his collection. As in his other comic subjects, there is more to this picture than its surface humour. He was now alone, and leaving a bucket in this way, for opportunistic frogs to occupy, was a sign that he was only just coping with his domestic chores. The two frogs together not only taunted him over his forgetfulness, but, in their companionship, they cruelly exposed his own solitariness. One of his simplest compositions, it is also, in some respects, one of his best.

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