William Scott Seated Nude 1939

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William Scott 1913–1989
Seated Nude
Date 1939
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 507 x 400 mm
frame: 643 x 548 x 98 mm
Acquisition Presented by Mr and Mrs Eugene Rosenberg through the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1968
Not on display

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This was one of a series of seated figures Scott painted in Brittany in 1938-9.
The model for it was the artist's wife. Scott painted her at Pont-Aven in the summer of 1939. The painting has a directness and simplicity that conveys a feeling of innocence. At the time all Scott's paintings were done from life and show his interest in such artists as Derain, Modigliani and Cézanne. He related the directness of his paint handling here to the work of Matisse and the figure seems to relate to Matisse's primitivistic portrayals of nudes in landscape of about 1907-8.

September 2004

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