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Philip Naviasky (1894-1983) - Fine 1956 Oil, Portrait of a Young Girl

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Sulis Fine Art is proud to present this remarkably fine portrait of a young girl by the listed British artist Philip Naviasky (1894-1983). The sitter, depicted at a slight angle, is wearing a white penny-collared shirt beneath a grey jumper, with a red bow holding her hair away from her face. The subject is unknown and appears to be a school girl, looking slightly downward with a sense of being relaxed, but perhaps uneasy.

Known for his aptitude and proficiency in portraiture, this work is no exception, and is a fascinating demonstration of technical finesse. Naviasky appears to revel in the aesthetics of the human character, demonstrating his interest in form over identity. Achieving a balance between impressionistic detail and realism, the artist employs wide, visible brushwork, without any loss of immediacy. Enhanced by deeper background hues, the girl has a quiet beauty about her, perhaps patiently waiting for the process to be over. Her flushed expression and delicate facial form stands out, amongst her relatively plain clothing. In his wider ouvre, this work displays a masterly focus on composition and skill for Naviasky, over more colourful and perhaps flippant studies of fashionable women.

Well-presented in a green painted wooden frame, with gilt inner detail, as shown. Signed by the artist to the upper right corner, and also to the reverse with the date '1956'.

Signed and dated. On board.


In fine condition overall. Inspection under UV light reveals no restoration. The frame has some very minor surface marks.


39.4 x 29.2cm (15.5" x 11.5")
Framed Size: 48.2 x 38cm (19" x 15")

Artist Biography

Philip Naviasky (1894-1983) was a painter, born in Leeds, who studied at Leeds School of Art, 1910-12 and the Royal Academy Schools, London, 1912-14. It has been said that Naviasky was the youngest ever entrant to the Royal Academy, at 18 years of age. Following a brief period there, he was awarded a scholarship which he took at the RCA until 1916. He exhibited widely in the period 1914-40 and held a solo exhibition at the Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston in 1932. He also exhibited at the YUA, ROI, RSA, Ruskin Galleries and the RA.

He is best known for his portraits in oil of women and children, and for his atmospheric landscape paintings and sketches of the Yorkshire Moors. Public galleries including Ben Uri, Leeds City Art Gallery, Laing Art Gallery, Leeds University Collection, Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston, Stoke-on-Trent Art Gallery and Whitby Art Gallery hold his work. A retrospective exhibition of his portraits was held in Leeds at the Rug Collection Gallery in 2002.

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Code kn992
Artist Philip Naviasky (1894-1983)
Date 1956
Dimensions 39.4 x 29.2cm
Framed Yes
Medium Oil
Style Realism
Subject Portrait
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