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Figure in raw umber

© the artist. Photo credit: Tate

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Figure in Raw Umber 2018 is a large drawing in pastel on paper of a young black woman with close-cropped hair whose body twists towards the viewer as she gazes defiantly outwards. The drawing has been rendered using only two colours: raw umber, as suggested by the work’s title, and black, used sparingly to define creases in the model’s clothing. The skin is treated tonally, creating sensual depth through shading and smudging of pastel, while the body is rendered through quick broken lines that convey dynamic movement.


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pastel on paper


H 153.5 x W 122 cm

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Acquisition method

Purchased 2019

Work type

Drawing & watercolour


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