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Nude Girl

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The human body, a traditional theme in western art, was a tricky subject for women artists at the turn of the century because of questions of morality and decorum. By using a narrow colour range and minimal setting, and suppressing biographical details, John draws attention to the naked body. At the same time, the character of the model, Fenella Lovell, comes across powerfully. So the viewer experiences this painting, disconcertingly, as a portrait of a contemporary woman with no clothes on, who seems to be uncomfortable that we are looking at her.

  • Date

    1909-10

  • Medium

    Oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    44.5 x 27.9 cm

  • Accession number

    N03173

  • Acquisition method

    Presented by the Contemporary Art Society 1917

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