Meredith Frampton Marguerite Kelsey 1928

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Meredith Frampton 1894–1984
Marguerite Kelsey
Date 1928
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1208 x 1412 mm
frame: 1316 x 1518 x 59 mm
Acquisition Presented by the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1982

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A professional artist''s model in the 1920s and 1930s, Marguerite Kelsey (1908?-1995) was renowned for her gracefulness and ability to hold poses for a long time. Her dress and shoes were chosen and purchased by Frampton for this portrait. They are both classical and, being uncorseted, deliberately modern. The simple, short-sleeved pale tunic dress worn with low-heeled shoes and her straight hair were all essential elements of the fashionable ''garçonne style'' created by the couturiers Coco Chanel and Jean Patou from the mid-1920s.

August 2004

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