Sunday, 19 April 2009

Portrait of Georges Clemenceau

Oil on canvas, mid 1920's

I don't have a date for this work, but judging by the style, the sitter and the distinctive chair which features in other dated works, it is probably mid 1920's. Clemenceau by this point had stepped down as prime minister of France, but he still appears a refined and imposing figure. Muter, as she often did, imbues her sitter's gaze with an element of uncertainty and strips the work of any formality.

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