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John Strevens (1902-1990) - Fine Mid 20th Century Watercolour, Flamenco Dancer



A very fine watercolour portrait of a young girl with graphite details, dressed as a Spanish flamenco dancer, by the artist John Strevens (1902-1990). The artist employs an impressionistic setting to his portraits, seen in much of his other work, as well as expressive brushwork, distilling a sense of movement in the contrasting palette. The dancer is depicted with one foot in front of the other, engaging the viewer.

The bold choice of colour pairs well with Strevens' precise form and composition. This work is an example of a more playful approach to portraiture by the artist, with a light spirit and a real sense of character in the subject.



In very good condition overall. There are some small surface marks near the edges, and speckled surface dirt.


53.6 x 29.2cm (21.1" x 11.5")
Sheet: 55 x 34.6cm (21.7" x 13.6")

Artist Biography

Frederick John Lloyd Strevens (1902-1990), known as John, was born in Upton Park, Essex the son of a wharf labourer. Self-taught, his depictions of aristocratic Edwardian-era women set in lush floral environments were his trademark. He developed a love of art through an autodidact study of the styles of such painters as Paul Delaroche and Henry Herbert La Thangue. Strevens regularly showed at the Royal Academy, the Royal Society of British Artists, and the Paris Salon, among others, and his work can be found among the collections of the British Council. After his death in 1990, at Loughton the Epping Forest District Museum in Waltham Abbey held a retrospective of his work in 1991.

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Code pp056
Artist John Strevens (1902-1990)
Date Mid 20th Century
Dimensions 53.6 x 29.2cm
Framed No
Medium Watercolour
Style Realism
Subject Portrait
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