The Artist and his Wife

Watercolour,
56 cm x 77 cm (22" x 30")
(Private Collection, Ontario)

This is another composition of the artist and his wife together, this time in watercolour. Like the other joint portraits of this period, the work is reminiscent of Stanley Spencer’s (1891-1959) similarly defiant and compromised treatment of the artist-and-model theme. Here the figure of Ruth is bathed in a golden light which is almost dissolving her form, and the gesture of her hands at her skirt, a moment of arrested motion, has an iconic force: in her three-quarter view, her downcast gaze, she appears as the angel of undress.

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