Ronald Dunlop

Head (head supported by hand)

Head (head supported by hand) by Ronald Dunlop

Artwork Detail

The thick impasto of this portrait blurs the contours of the young woman’s face, while successfully capturing the pensive air of one who has been asked to sit for a long period. In 1948, English gallery owner, Lucy Wertheim, gifted 181 works to Auckland, including this painting. Ronald Dunlop founded the Emotionist group, who exhibited at the Hurricane Lamp Gallery in Chelsea, London. In his somewhat vague manifesto, he stressed that ‘Art is the expression of the essence of life.’

Head (head supported by hand)
Ronald Dunlop
Production date
oil on canvas
511 x 408 x 20 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Lucy Carrington Wertheim, 1948
Accession no
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International Art
Display status
Not on display

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