Sir William Coldstream

Standing Nude


Not on display

Sir William Coldstream 1908–1987
Oil paint on canvas
Support: 457 × 356 mm
frame: 527 × 627 × 75 mm
Lent from a private collection 1989
On long term loan

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In 1937 Coldstream founded the Euston Road School with fellow realist artists Claude Rogers and Victor Pasmore. Believing that avant-garde art had lost touch with all but a small elite, they aimed to record the visible world in an objective manner and re-establish a connection between artist and public. This work was painted in the School’s first location at 12 Fitzroy Street in autumn 1937. Coldstream’s practice was based on an idea of ‘straight painting’ in which disinterested vision and precise measurement would replace the personal and subjective, thus creating a direct transcription of what the painter saw.

Gallery label, September 2016

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