Ronald Dunlop

Head (head supported by hand)

Head (head supported by hand) by Ronald Dunlop

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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.’

Title
Head (head supported by hand)
Artist/creator
Production date
Unknown
Medium
oil on canvas
Dimensions
511 x 408 x 20 mm
Inscription
R.O. Dunlop 20 gns (on stretcher)
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Lucy Carrington Wertheim, 1948
Accession no
1948/7/11
Copyright
Copying restrictions apply
Department
International Art
Display status
Not on display

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