Maurice Greiffenhagen Dawn 1926

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Artist
Title
Dawn
Date 1926
Medium Oil paint on plywood
Dimensions Support: 959 x 2019 mm
frame: 1110 x 2172 x 76 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1926
Reference
N04192
Not on display

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Greiffenhagen was a stalwart of the official portrait, showing often at the Royal Academy. For twenty years he was in charge of the life class at Glasgow School of Art. Occasionally he painted religious subjects, or groups of life studies put together as a composition with some deeper but unexplained meaning. The three contrasted poses of 'Dawn' are placed artificially in a landscape, but look like a demonstration of life painting.
The Chantrey Trustees, who bought traditional paintings from the Royal Academy for the Tate Gallery collection, chose both this and another group of nudes in preference to his portraits.

August 2004

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