Rodrigo Moynihan

Private Clarke, A.T.S.

1943

Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 457 x 356 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the War Artists Advisory Committee 1946
Reference
N05714

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In the late 1930s Moynihan was associated with the Euston Road School, committed to realist painting. In 1940 he trained as an artillery man and was commissioned in camouflage before becoming a war artist in 1943. Many of his portraits of high-ranking officers and advisers are now in the Imperial War Museum. His portraits were often swiftly executed but sensitively observed. Influenced by artists such as Edouard Manet and Diego Velazquez, Moynihan used a rich sensuous brushstroke to convey a sense of this young service woman's physicality. During the war women were urged to look their best at all times to boost morale. Lipstick became known as the 'red badge of courage'.

Gallery label, August 2004

Catalogue entry

N05714 PRIVATE CLARKE, A.T.S. 1943

Inscr. ‘Moynihan’ t.r.
Canvas, 18×14 (45·5×35·5).
Presented by the War Artists' Advisory Committee 1946.
Exh: National War Pictures, Edinburgh, 1945.

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Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II