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This is a preparatory study for the painting of the following year of the same title. The composition is of a nude seen from above and is more open and less dense than was his earlier practice. Lanyon visited New York in the late 1950s and was able to experience the work of the American Abstract Expressionists at first hand. As a result his work became less concerned with literal description than before and his use of line, as can be seen in this drawing, became freer and more gestural.

August 2004