A Lois White

Self Portrait (Nude at Easel)

Self Portrait (Nude at Easel) by A Lois White

Artwork Detail

A nude that was also a self-portrait was uncommon in the 1930s. Mitzie Price explained that her cousin took up the practice as she had great difficulty securing models, so ‘She used to strip in front of a mirror.’ Adding that it, ‘Probably shocked the hell out of [her Mother].’ Unlike the usually passive nude model, White takes an active role, recording herself in the act of painting. Interestingly Rita Angus also completed a number of nude self-portrait drawings about 1940. (Intimate Portraits, 2005)

Self Portrait (Nude at Easel)
A Lois White
Production date
circa 1935
oil on cardboard
495 x 400 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the Fumpston Family, 2003
Accession no
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New Zealand Art
Display status
Not on display

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