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Reclining Woman

© by permission of the copyright holder. Photo credit: British Council Collection

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This painting belongs to the period when Smith returned to live in Paris from 1922 and is one of a succession of nudes that constituted one of the major achievements of his painting career. These works demonstrated an immediate, sensuous response to the model, a fusion of painterly skill and instinct in which the forms are given an almost sculptural amplitude. Colour is usually high-key with brilliant accents in details of features or jewellery, although this particular canvas shows a richer, more sombre palette than most at this time.

British Council Collection





oil on canvas


H 54 x W 65.4 cm

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Acquisition method

purchased from the Mayor Gallery, 1948

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Inscription description

tlc: MS


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British Council Collection

Visual Arts, Arts Group, 10 Spring Gardens, London, Greater London SW1A 2BN England

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