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Arthur Kitching (1912-1981) - Signed 1972 Pastel, Vibrant Nude Study



An expressive nude pastel study with pen detailing by the artist Arthur Kitching (1912-1981), depicting a portrait of a lady amongst delicate drapes of fabric. The gestural strokes and fine attention to detail, perfectly portray the movement and life of the subject in this elegant composition. Signed and dated '72 in the lower right hand corner, as shown. Signed and dated. On wove.


The condition is typical for a picture of this age including some discolouration and minor creasing to edges.


44.2 x 26.6cm (17.4" x 10.5")
Sheet: 48.4 x 30.8cm (19.1" x 12.1")

Collection Information

From a small collection of fine unframed female nude studies by the artist Arthur Kitching.

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Artist Biography

Painter, born in Sheffield, Yorkshire. He was employed in a steelworks as a clerk at age of sixteen and began painting two years later spending about a year at Sheffield College of Art but was otherwise self-taught. He was offered a place at the Royal College of Art but was unable to accept due to lack of funding. He spent the next twenty years painting and working in any available job to fund his work as an artist. This ended in 1950 when he went to work for Essex County Council making 'artist's impressions' and arranging exhibitions concerned with the development of new satellite towns.

By 1961 he had returned to his native Yorkshire and became the first curator of the Manor House Museum and Art Gallery, Ilkley. Bradford Art Gallery gave him a retrospective exhibition in 1977 and a decade later, an exhibition 'North and South' was held at Leeds City Art Gallery. Dean Clough staged a posthumous retrospective in 1990.

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Code pr058
Artist Arthur Kitching (1912-1981)
Date 1972
Dimensions 44.2 x 26.6cm
Medium Pastel
Style Realism
Subject Nudes
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