Eva Frankfurther artist (1930-1959)

Nude with Jug and Basin

(private collection)

description A three-quarter length nude portrait of a blonde-haired young woman, seen in three quarter face view, with head turned to the right, and one hand held up to her face. She is pictured standing before a jug and basin with a towel in her right hand, apparently just before or after washing, the top of an iron beadstead is just glimpsed on the far right. She appears deep in thought. The dominant rose-pink palette of the background has spread to her face and neck, lending the painting a tender quality often to be found in Frankfurther's portraits of young women and mothers, although the sitter also has a vulnerability, emphasised by the bare surroundings and uncurtained window, reminiscent of studies of young, nude girls by Gwen John and Paula Modersohn Becker. Nudes are not common in Frankfurther's work but this is one of her most successful. An oil head study of the same sitter, entitled 'Blonde Girl', employs an impasto technique which contrasts with the thinned paint and smooth handling in this accomplished work.

date c. 1954

location Whitechapel

dimensions 75 x 56 cm

medium oil on paper

exhibition history 'Eva Frankfurther 1930-1959: Memorial Exhibition', London: Boundary Gallery, 98 Boundary Road, London, NW8 ORH, 15 June-18 July 2001, (8), NFS.

literature Ed., B. Planskoy, 'Eva Frankfurther 1930-1959: Paintings, lithographs and drawings' (London: Peter Halban, 2001), illus., p. 79.

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