Catalogue entry

William Scott 1913-1989

T00811 Reclining Nude (red nude) 1956

Not inscribed.
Canvas, 36 x 60 (91.5 x 152.5).
Purchased from Miss Erica Brausen through the Hanover Gallery (Grant-in-Aid) 1965.
Coll: Purchased by Miss Brausen from the artist through the Hanover Gallery 1956.
Exh: Hanover Gallery, September-October 1956 (17) as ‘Red Nude’; Kestner-Gesellschaft, Hanover, June-July 1960 (presumably as 24, ‘Nude’ 1957) and tour to Freiburg, Dortmund and Munich, 1960–61.
Lit: Alan Bowness, William Scott: Paintings, 1964, pp. 9–10, 35 repr. upside down pl. 61 in colour.

One of a series of reclining or standing nudes painted in 1956–7. It has been reproduced the other way up but the artist says that it was painted in the way it is now shown (with the head on the right). Moreover this presentation gives the image a strong suggestion of landscape - an ambiguous fusion of figure and landscape forms as in various other pictures of the period.

Published in The Tate Gallery Report 1965–1966, London 1967.