T00208 Woman in Red 1956-7
Inscribed 'E.L.' t.r. and '"Sittande Flicka" | Evert Lundquist | 1956-1957 | Sweden' on back of canvas
Oil on canvas, 39 3/8 x 35 1/2 (100 x 90)
Presented by Nils Tesch 1958
Prov: Nils Tesch, Stockholm (purchased from the artist)
Exh: Evert Lundquist, Konstakademien, Stockholm, March 1957 (95), as 'Sittande Kvinna'; Konsthallen, Gothenburg, April 1957 (87)
Repr: exh. catalogue Evert Lundquist, Galerie Rive Gauche, Paris, February 1960 (but not exhibited)
The artist wrote (letter of 4 November 1958) that this picture belongs to a series of paintings in which he tried to give a suggestion of a human body in irrational light painted in predominantly red and warm colours, with the naturalistic volumes or forms veiled and flowing to heighten the irrational dreamlike effect. These pictures are in contrast to other paintings in which he works in closer contact with visible nature (often with simple themes such as a ladder leaning against a wall or an easel standing in the corner of a studio).
In the present work one sees the head and shoulders of a female figure facing left, the lower part of her torso hidden by a wall. She has flowing hair and the artist has introduced a suggestion - but only a suggestion - of wings behind her. There is a window in the top left. Above the head or rather behind it appears the indication of another head in a darker tone.
The picture has also been known as 'Seated Woman', but the artist prefers the title used here.
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, pp.458-9, reproduced p.458