Girl reading on the hammock

Sherree Valentine-Daines (British, b.1956) – Girl reading on the hammock, c.2013 – – Technically brilliant, stylistically virtuosic and endlessly vigilant, Valentine-Daines creates masterly evocations of some of the most beautiful elements of British life, from the elegance of the social whirl to the innocence of the children’s seaside outing. The authenticity and accuracy of her observation is softened by her painterly, impressionistic approach…

Sherree Valentine-Daines (British, b.1956) - Girl reading on the hammock

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La Lecture

Leonard Tsuguharu Foujita (Japanese, 1886-1968) – La Lecture, 1951 (Brush and India ink and charcoal on paper laid down on board) – – The modernist author Paul Morand observed that, “Foujita’s mastery of drawing refined lines on a flawlessly ivory white canvas and his depiction of shadow in a non-material form created a pure and mysterious form of art.”

Leonard Tsuguharu Foujita (Japanese, 1886-1968) - La Lecture

Lying Nude

Delphin Enjolras (French, 1857-1945) – Nu Allongé (Lying Nude), 1918 (Pastel on paper) – – Enjolras specialized in paintings that paid homage to the female form, excelling in portraits and nudes depicting young women in airy, domestic scenes. This work is imbued with the exquisite luminosity for which Enjolras is celebrated. His model reads against a background of luxurious, richly patterned fabrics rendered in lush pastel hues, while his signature airy composition lends a dream-like softness to her voluptuous form…

Delphin Enjolras (French, 1857-1945) - Lying Nude, 1918

Portrait de jeune fille

William-Adolphe Bouguereau (French, 1825-1905) – Portrait de jeune fille, 1898 (Oil on canvas) – – Depending on the models’ attributes, physical aspects of several women could be composited in a single, final painting’s figure. Through a series of sketches and drawings, Bouguereau would first work out form, light, and shadow before turning to paint a study of the model’s head. These canvases informed the intimate scale of this work and the use of a dark background to project the illuminated figure out of the picture space, creating an immediate connection between viewer and subject…

William-Adolphe Bouguereau (French, 1825-1905) - Portrait de jeune fille

Nature morte aux livres et au compotier

Maurice de Vlaminck (French, 1876-1958) – Nature morte aux livres et au compotier, 1906 (Oil on canvas) – – A largely blue and white composition, punctuated by vivid bursts of orange and yellow of the fruit and books, is a rare still life by one of the founders of Fauvism. While the white in the foreground, depicting what appears to be a crumpled tablecloth, may not appear in keeping with the Fauve palette, the broad ribbons of paint – frenetically applied to the canvas – that he has used in that area, show the energy with which he painted. Meanwhile the fruit and books are made all the more intense by their incandescent contrast with the cooler blues and white…

Maurice de Vlaminck (French, 1876-1958) - Nature morte aux livres et au compotier

Nude in an Interior

Ken Howard (English, b.1932) – Nude in an Interior (Oil on canvas) – – He paints in a “traditional” manner, based on strong observation and a high degree of draughtsmanship combined with tonal precision. The depiction of light is a strong and recurrent element of his work. A notable theme is the nude model in his studio…

Ken Howard (English, b.1932) - Nude in an Interior

Spring – Portrait of Ilona Lippich

Károly Lotz (Hungarian, 1833-1904) – Spring (Portrait of Ilona Lippich), 1894 (Oil on canvas. Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest) – – Lotz created romantic landscapes and monumental and decorative murals and frescoes in the style of the Venetian artist Giovanni Battista Tiepolo. He also decorated some grand palaces. He was also known for his portraits and nudes…

Károly Lotz (Hungarian, 1833-1904) - Spring (Portrait of Ilona Lippich)