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Reclining Nude: The Mauve Chemise

© by permission of the copyright holder. Photo credit: The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery, University of Leeds

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Along with his initials and the date, Smith has inscribed on the reverse of this canvas: 'Villa Brune/Paris'. The model is almost certainly Smith’s mistress and muse, Vera Cunningham, who was, by all accounts, a voluptuous and robustly sensual woman. They lived together at the Villa Brune in Montparnasse between 1923 and 1926.

Painted in a fast, alla prima technique, which allows full spontaneity and freedom of expression, the image is sexually and sensually charged, the figure’s curves and arabesques growing out of the brushstrokes, full of rich and luscious colour.

The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery, University of Leeds





oil on canvas


H 53 x W 71 cm

Accession number

LEEUA 2009.009

Acquisition method

gift from the Audrey and Stanley Burton Charitable Trust, 2009

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