Image: unattributed source.

Described in the New Gallery catalogue, 1892: “Nude figure in upright posture, with arms thrown over head. Yellowish flesh tints forced by ultramarine background.

The first recorded owner was Sir Edmund Davis, Australian-born British mining financier, who made his fortune in South Africa. Married Mary Zillah Halford in 1888, knighted in 1927. Both he and his wife were passionate about art and bequeathed collections to the Musée du Luxembourg, Paris (later inherited by the Musée d’Orsay) and the National Gallery of South Africa in Cape Town. References: National Portrait Gallery, British Museum, Musée d’Orsay.

Postcard issued by the Musée du Luxembourg, c. 1920 (source: private collection).
  • Medium: oil on canvas.
  • Dimensions: 680 x 1670 mm (1.1 m²).
  • History: signed and dated 1892; exhibited 1892, New Gallery; 1893, Chicago World’s Fair and Exposition; 1900, Woman’s Exhibition, Earl’s Court, catalogue. Room 2, no. 1444; 1905, Salon de la Société nationale des beaux-arts, Paris; ?-1915, collection of Edmund Davis; 1915-1922, Musée du Luxembourg, Paris; 1922-1946, Louvre; 1923 exhibited Manchester Art Gallery; 1946-1971, Museum of Modern Art, Paris; 1971-1981, Louvre (formally transferred back to the Louvre collection 1977); 1981 onwards, transferred to Musée d’Orsay (institution housing works intermediate between ‘old’ and ‘modern’ art).
  • Location: Musée d’Orsay, Paris.


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