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This one of a series of preparatory studies for a larger painting entitled 'The Bathers'. The theme of a nude seen in foreshortening and with a newspaper over the face clearly intrigued the artist as he later made a number of figures in similar poses. The presence of the newspaper obscuring the model's face allows attention to focus on the artist's attempts to render the three-dimensional reality of the figure's body, seen here from an angle which denies much spatial recession. His attempt to unify figure and ground through both composition and the textural qualities of the paint is a distinguishing characteristic of Dunoyer de Segonzac's modern realism.

September 2004