Jeune servante (Waiting Maid)

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Focusing on a single subject in an unadorned background and using typically tactile, expressive brushwork, Soutine depicts an anonymous, working-class figure in the uniform of her trade. Capturing her expression of weariness and submission, he underlines the maid’s individuality rather than reducing it. Born to a poor Jewish-Lithuanian family, Soutine drew from an early age, studying at the School of Fine Arts, Vilna (1910–1913) and the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris (1913–1915). He was closely associated with the group of foreign-born, predominantly Jewish artists, known as the ‘École de Paris’. His oeuvre included densely painted, visceral landscapes and an important series of Rembrandt-inspired beef carcasses painted in a characteristic, expressionistic style.

Ben Uri Gallery & Museum



Jeune servante (Waiting Maid)




oil on canvas


H 46.5 x W 40.5 cm

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purchased with the assistance of the National Art Collections Fund, the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Victoria and Albert Museum Purchase Grant Fund and the shared passion and generosity of Ben Uri supporters from the UK, across Europe and the USA

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