T01993 STANDING FEMALE NUDE IN A LANDSCAPE c.1940–43
Inscribed ‘Meninsky’ b.l.
Oil on canvas, 16×10 (40.6×25.4)
Bequeathed by Dr Marjorie Franklin 1975
Coll: Dr Marjorie Franklin who acquired it soon after it was painted
Soon after the outbreak of war in 1939 the activities of the Central School of Arts and Crafts, where Bernard Meninsky had taught for many years, ceased in London but were continued in Northampton. As a consequence Meninsky lost his job at the Central School and in 1940 he moved to Oxford where he taught at the City of Oxford Art School. While in Oxford he painted this picture. At about this time and before the Second World War he painted a series of figures in landscapes, all from the imagination.
Dr Marjorie Franklin, who bequeathed the painting to the Tate Gallery, lived in Oxford during the war and met Meninsky in 1940.
The Tate Gallery 1974-6: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1978