This portrait of artist Madeleine Knox gives little away about her profession or character. Instead, the quiet domestic setting, gentle colours and dappled brushwork create a meditative atmosphere. Knox’s thoughtful pose is enigmatic: she fingers her coat but it is unclear whether she has just returned from somewhere, or is about to leave. Gilman died in the post-war influenza epidemic at the age of 43.
Gallery label, October 2020
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