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1931 English Painting: Art Deco Portrait with Elegant Model and Swans in the Background.

1931 English Painting: Art Deco Portrait with Elegant Model and Swans in the Background.

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1931 English Painting: Art Deco Portrait with Elegant Model and Swans in the Background.
The portrait is signed and dated (19)31. Unfortunately, the signature is only partially readable.

 

Technique: oil on canvas.

Measures:

Framed: 69 cm x 58 cm

Frameless: 57 cm x 46 cm

 

The work combines elements of the Art Deco style, with elegant shapes, with a vibrant pictorial technique that recalls Impressionism and Divisionism.

 

This portrait embodies the Art Deco style, known for its fusion of simplified but sinuous geometric shapes and details that recall luxurious life in the “Great Gatsby” style.

 

The artist's mastery is reflected in the skilful improvisation in choosing striking colours with which he painted the model's face, eyes and lips, with a touch of red lipstick that adds a self-styled and sensual tone.

 

The model in the painting is elegant and sophisticated, wearing the yellow dress with narrow straps of the Charleston era. Her fashionable cut hair, with a modern helmet for the era, make her an icon of style. The artist captured her beauty with great skill.

 

The golden wood frame, original and from the age of the painting, completes the work.

 

On the back of the painting there is an interesting proof of the English provenance of the painting, and also the confirmation of the dating: they are the stamps of the supplier of the canvases prepared for painters.

 

Suppliers’ mark on the reverse of picture supports stands for Reeves & Sons, a significant supplier of canvas from the 1830s until the 1940s.

Il tipo del marchio che troviamo sul retro del dipinto è uguale ad uno che si trovai un ritratto degli anni 1930 nella National Portrait Gallery di Londra.

 

Four stamps on canvas, from top to bottom: Within oval border:

REEVES & SONS

LIMIT[ED]

PREPARED [greyhound in circle] CANVAS LONDON

Stamp: Stamp: Stamp:

ASP MADE IN ENGLAND

REEVES & SONS LTD., ASHWIN ST.,

DALSTON. E.8.

 

ASP’ = ‘A quality single primed pure flax ‘

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