For Better For Worse
description A three-quarter length double portrait of a bride and groom at their wedding reception in the act of cutting the three-tiered wedding cake. The bride is seen in left profile, her veil swept away from her face; the groom stands beside her, his face in three quarter view and his hand guiding hers. The title, taken from the marriage vow (inscribed verso) is the artist's own and shows her keen sense of humour. A pencil drawing of the same title is a preparatory study for the painting. The setting for both works is Whitechapel. The model for the bride may be the same as in 'Nude with Jug and Basin' and 'Blonde Girl'. There are at least three further, separate studies of brides.
date c. 1955
dimensions 62 x 54 cm
medium oil on paper
exhibition history (probably) 'Eva Frankfurther 1930-1959: Retrospective Exhibition', Ben Uri Art Gallery, 14 Berners Street, London W1, 14 Feb-9 March 1962, as (15), 'East End Bride and Groom; 'Eva Frankfurther 1930-1959: Memorial Exhibition', Boundary Gallery, 98 Boundary Road, London, NW8 ORH, 15 June-18 July 2001, (76), NFS.
literature ed., B. Planskoy, 'Eva Frankfurther 1930-1959: Paintings, lithographs and drawings' (London: Peter Halban, 2001), illus., p. 83.
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