Two Models in a Studio
© Mrs Susan Russell Flint

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Two Models in a Studio 1920
This vibrantly coloured watercolour was painted as Russell Flint was approaching the height of his career. The subject matter of naked or semi-naked women was one for which the artist was renowned. Russell Flint worked as a lithographer early in his career, and his skill as a draughtsman is evident in his use of line and mastery of pattern. In this painting the plate, robe and backdrop are particularly detailed. The painting is also influenced by the artist’s early academic training, with the poses of the models suggesting the stylized poses seen on classical friezes. The portfolios and plate of apples, perhaps to be used as the subject for a still life, suggest an artist’s studio.

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Classicism

A general term for art and architecture based on ancient Greek and Roman culture.

Draughtsmanship

The ability to draw skilfully, often refers to technical drawing.

Frieze

Derived from an element in classical architecture, it is used broadly to refer to any decorative horizontal band running along a wall or piece of furniture.

Lithograph

A printmaking technique using a stone or zinc plate to which the image is applied with a greasy material. After wetting the plate, greasy ink is applied. The ink sticks only to the drawn image and not the wet surface, thus creating a reproduction when applied to paper.

Watercolour

A paint with colouring and binding agents diluted with water. It has a transparent quality and is usually applied to paper.

Classicism, Draughtsmanship, Frieze, Lithograph, Watercolour

Details

  • Acc. No. GMA 4682
  • Medium Watercolour on linen
  • Size 49.90 x 67.10 cm
  • Credit Purchased 2003