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Early 20th Century Oil - The Early Morning Sunlight

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A dynamic and compelling early 20th Century oil, filled with narrative. It shows a nude woman, with messy hair, getting up off her unmade bed, shielding her eyes from the early morning sun. This scene has a universal domesticity about it, wonderfully capturing the moment of first rising from one's bed in the morning to face the day. The artist has added intimacy to the portrait by framing the sitter in a doorway, as if we are looking in on her in her most natural state of solitude. The soft, shafting light of the morning sun adds dynamic shadow to the folds of her bed clothes and her pose, swinging one leg down to the floor, her weight rested on her arm, brings movement to the scene.

The painting is unsigned and handsomely presented in a reeded gilt frame with external beaded strapwork.

On canvas.


The condition is typical for a picture of this age including some discolouration. There is a small loss to the paint to the left of the woman's left hip. The stretcher lines are visible at the upper and lower edges. The frame has tarnishing and scuffing typical for its age. There has been some restoration to areas of the beaded strapwork.


50 x 37.2cm (19.7" x 14.6")
Framed Size: 63 x 50.7cm (24.8" x 20")

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Code qv020
Date Early 20th Century
Dimensions 50 x 37.2cm
Medium Oil
Style Realism
Subject Nudes
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