Eva Frankfurther artist (1930-1959)

Girl with Rose

(private collection)

description A half-length portrait of a young girl, possibly of Chinese origin, seen in profile, facing left, holding a single red rose between both hands. The red rose, dress and the ribbon that ties her waist-length plait are offset by a mottled, pale green background, while the figure is rendered with a dark outline that contrasts with the yellow skin tones. Paint is very thinly applied, particularly to the girl's dress. The picture has suffered some damage to the left and lower edges. In the placing of the figure and the choice of flower, the composition may be compared to 'Old Woman with Rose'; seen together the two works suggest an allegory of youth and old age, although there is no evidence that the artist intended the two paintings to be read as a pair. A further painting, 'Girl with a Rose', different in mood and handling, is reminiscent of Holbein. Frankfurther also included roses in a number of compositions featuring young women or brides, including 'Girl in White Shift with Rose', and additionally, made a number of separate still life studies of roses. 'Couple Dancing' appears on the reverse.

date c. 1951-58

location Whitechapel

dimensions 75 x 50 cm

medium oil on paper

exhibition history 'Eva Frankfurther 1930-1959: Retrospective Exhibition', Ben Uri Art Gallery, 14 Berners Street, London W1, 14 Feb-9 March 1962, (32).

reference 36-f1

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