Philip Wilson Steer

Model Seated Before a Mirror

?1894

Artist
Philip Wilson Steer 1860–1942
Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 918 x 508 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by HM Government in lieu of inheritance tax and allocated to Tate 2005
Reference
T11973

Not on display

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In Britain, Steer pioneered the new French concept of painting naturalistic bedroom scenes of women dressing or washing. It was an approach derived from French artist Edgar Degas. This scene places the viewer in the role of voyeur, and the girl’s absorption in her reflection echoes our own consideration of her.Intimate scenes such as this were bitterly denounced by critics for indecency. In the background hangs a painting by English painter Walter Sickert, Steer’s artistic ally.

Gallery label, May 2007