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Portrait of a Jewish Woman, East End

© the artist's estate. Photo credit: Ben Uri Collection

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A head-and-shoulders portrait of a young, dark-haired woman, seen in three quarter face view with her head turned to the left. Her hair is pinned back revealing a drop pearl earring and she wears a blue-grey dress and an ochre-coloured shawl, the end of which she holds between her hands. The pose, clothing and composition strongly reflect the artist's admiration for Rembrandt. Although the contemplative nature of the pose is also similar to that in her painting 'Young Woman Sewing' (Private Collection), the paint handling and palette are very different. In this portrait, the swiftly executed, vertical brushstrokes building paint and colour in layers, with paint more densely applied to the face and more sketchily applied elsewhere, can be compared to the technique in other paintings like 'Orthodox Jew, Whitechapel' (Private Collection).

Ben Uri Gallery & Museum

London


Date

c.1951–1958

Medium

oil on paper

Measurements

H 71 x W 55.1 cm

Accession number

1987-103

Acquisition method

presented by Mr and Mrs P. Frankfurther

Work type

Painting


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Ben Uri Gallery & Museum

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