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Celia Paul’s most frequent sitter over the past twenty years has been her mother. Here she is portrayed gazing out of a window. The title of the painting alludes to her mother’s Christian faith, and the symbolism of the cross is implied by the bars of the window. A spiritual atmosphere is suggested by the evocative handling of light and space. Celia Paul’s portraits of her mother are usually painted in dense layers of thick oil paint, giving them a monumental presence.
oil on canvas
H 143 x W 143 cm
purchased with the assistance of the Victoria and Albert Museum Purchase Grant Fund and the Friends, Patrons and Benefactors of the Lakeland Arts Trust, 2007