Not on display
- Robert Medley 1905–1994
- Oil paint on canvas
- Support: 1020 × 816 mm
- Purchased 1994
Technique and condition
The oil painting is on a medium weight, cotton canvas stretched onto a wooden stretcher and primed on the stretcher with a thin layer of white acrylic gesso primer.
There is no preliminary drawing and the opaque colours have been applied in vigorous brushstrokes, broken scumbles and washes thinned with diluent. Although the image was developed over some time resulting in passages of several overlying layers, the paint seldom builds into impastos of any depth and the bright titanium white of the primer shows through in many areas, especially towards the edges.
The painting is not varnished and is in good condition only requiring minor treatment on acquisition. The attachment of the canvas to the stretcher with wire staples and framing were improved.