Ambrose McEvoy The Ear-Ring exhibited 1911

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Artist
Ambrose McEvoy 1878–1927
Title
The Ear-Ring
Date Exhibited 1911
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 762 x 635 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by C.L. Rutherston 1917
Reference
N03176
On display at Tate Britain

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McEvoy presents a moment of quiet and intense self-scrutiny. Lost in contemplation of her image, the model’s assessment of her ear ring also suggests a narcissistic appraisal of her own beauty. McEvoy heightens the mood of intimacy by contrasting deep shadows behind the figure with a stronger light falling on the mirror’s reflection, thus heightening attention on the woman’s face. A pupil of artist James Abott McNeill Whistler, McEvoy also painted scenes which replaced narrative with atmosphere and suggestion.

May 2007

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