description A half-length double portrait of a man and a woman in a Whitechapel setting, both seen in full face view with heads turned slightly to the left. The woman seems anxious and the man places a protective arm on her shoulder; both are dressed warmly, yet soberly, against the cold in the drab, brown overcoats typical of postwar Britain. The paint handling and muted tones are also characteristic of Frankfurther's mid-fifties' style, nevertheless the drabness and austerity are offset by her warm palette of rich orange, yellow and red tones, which adds depth to the composition and shows her empathy for her subjects. Frankfurther based a number of portrait compositions on couples including the painting 'Couple, with Woman Resting her Head upon Man's Shoulder' and the studies 'Poor Couple' and 'Poor Couple (with Arms Linked), Resting'.
dimensions 75 x 50 cm
medium oil on paper
exhibition history (Probably) 'Eva Frankfurther 1930-1959: Retrospective Exhibition', Ben Uri Art Gallery, London, 14 Feb-9 Mar 1962, as (37), 'East End Couple'.
literature ed., B. Planskoy, 'Eva Frankfurther 1930-1959: Paintings, lithographs and drawings' (London: Peter Halban, 1962), illus., p. 41.
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