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The title of this painting refers to a Chinese acrobat doll that Uglow copied to arrange the subject's athletic stance. Uglow has an exacting approach to the nude, suppressing emotional content in favour of 'visual truth'. His method of observation is painstaking and intense, as evidenced by the small marks of measurement on the figure, a technique inherited from his teacher William Coldstream, whose work is also in this room. These marks have become an integral part of Uglow's work - in the places where they remain visible, they emphasise the flatness of the picture surface.

August 2004