Isabel Rawsthorne

Alan and Barbara Rawsthorne

About this artwork

This painting is one of a series based on the artist’s husband, composer Alan Rawsthorne, and his sister Barbara. The siblings are evoked in a spectral manner, their faces dissolving into the void-like grey background. Rawsthorne often captured ‘the idea of the fleeting, the transitory’ in her work, suggesting the human body’s potential for distortion and fragility.  The composition's doubling effect suggests the influence of mirrored ballet rehearsal rooms, where she often drew dancers’ bodies in motion.

  • title:
    Alan and Barbara Rawsthorne
  • accession number:
    GMA 5568
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  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • date created:
    1966
  • measurements:
    82.00 x 66.00 cm
  • credit line:
    Donated in memory of Warwick Llewellyn Nicholas, 2017
  • copyright:
    © Estate of Isabel Rawsthorne. All rights reserved. DACS 2018.

Isabel Rawsthorne

Isabel Rawsthorne