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Margaret Gere NEAC (1878-1965) - Mid 20th Century Oil, Female Nude with a Mirror



An impressive oil painting by the artist Margaret Gere NEAC (1878-1965), showing a standing female nude, turned away from the viewer and looking into a mirror. The artist's expressive yet soft brushstrokes beautifully capture the fleshy curvature of the woman's body. The model stands with a slightly confidant posture. The work has a vulnerable quality, with the model grasping the side of the mirror with her left hand, perhaps uncomfortable under the viewer's gaze. An interesting example of a woman artist's approach to the female nude, this painting presents a subtle femininity lost on so many male painters. Inscribed to the reverse 'Margaret Payne, 3 Old Hall Close, Pinner'. Inscribed on the reverse.On board.


In fine condition overall. Very minor scuffing to the edges of the board. Inspection under UV light reveals no restoration.


91.6 x 71.3cm (36.1" x 28.1")

Collection Information

From a small and very fine collection of oils by the English artist Margaret Gere (1878-1965). As listed in The Dictionary of British Women Artists, Gere took the name Mrs Margaret Payne, and some works are signed in this way.

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Artist Biography

Margaret Gere NEAC (1878-1965) was an English artist, born in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, who studied at the Birmingham School of Art. In 1900, she visited Italy and entered the Slade School of Art in 1905. Whilst there, she became a friend of Ethel Walker and Virginia Woolf. She settled in Painswick, Gloucestershire, with her artist brother Charles Gere, accompanying him on his annual sketching trips abroad. Her sister Edith Gere was also a painter, married to the artist Henry Albert Payne.

From 1900 to 1917, she exhibited with the Birmingham Group of Artist-Craftsmen, the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, FAS, the NEAC and the Cheltenham Group. She also exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1931 to 1941. Her work is in the collection of the Tate Gallery, London.

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Code kk821
Artist Margaret Gere NEAC (1878-1965)
Date Mid 20th Century
Dimensions 91.6 x 71.3cm
Framed No
Medium Oil
Style Realism
Subject Nudes
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