Oil on canvas 9 x 12 ins 22.5 x 30 cm SOLD
I sometimes go along to a clothed/costume/portrait session which presents some different challenges to painting the nude figure i.e. clothes! It’s the same pose for 2 hrs a week over three or four weeks, so about six hours’ painting in all. This is the same model as in the previous painting ‘Light Attire’ and I followed a similar approach starting with an umber wash-in and only adding the red colours at the final session .
The pose reminded me of Whistler’s famous portrait of his mother ‘Arrangement in Grey and Black’ and I was interested in the underlying abstract structure of the composition and then restricting the palette to a range of reds against a ground of warm neutrals, and emphasising the strong contrast of the model’s pale skin against the darker tones.
‘Arragement in Grey and Black: The Artist’s Mother’ by James McNeill Whistler in 1871 Oil on canvas: 144.3 cm × 162.4 cm (56.8 in × 63.9 in) Musée d’Orsay, Paris