MOLLY LAMB BOBAK, R.C.A.
Private Collection, Ontario
Cindy Richmond, Molly Lamb B: A Retrospective, Mackenzie Art Gallery, Regina, 1993, cat. nos. 80 and 100 for related interiors, reproduced in colour.
Molly Bobak was an expressionist painter with a firm footing in reality. Though broadly known for her crowd scenes, Bobak also executed elegant floral still lifes and sophisticated interiors.
Bobak uses a gestural application of oil paint, and in this case, allows the thinned paint to run down the canvas. Bobak’s expressionist technique implies her personal connection with the room she paints, and is suggestive of the lives of those who inhabit them. Typically, Molly Bobak’s interiors will feature a large bouquet or bouquets of flowers centred on the composition. In the absence of figures, the flowers serve as a proxy life force.