The Lady of Kent

Edith Collier, Artist

This is one of the paintings in our collection. It was made in England, Great Britain in 1917-1918.
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Object Detail

Frame 844 x 717 x 56mm
Image 719 x 591mm
oil on canvas
Framed and matted oil painting of a nude woman in a landscape, resting her head on her hand. Standard wooden frame with some molding.
When Manet’s Le déjeuner sur l'herbe was rejected from the Paris Salon in 1863 he chose to exhibit the painting at the ‘Salon des Refusés’, where it sparked a storm of controversy. Similarly Edith Collier’s nudes, produced while she was in Britain from 1913 - 1921, were confronting to an early twentieth-century audience. In subject alone the connection between Le déjeuner sur l'herbe and The Lady of Kent can be observed. Both depict a nude woman seated in a landscape, brazenly staring out at the viewer with her hand resting on her face. Collier’s painting employs the conventions of Post-Impressionism in its use of colour and line, and while she may have never seen Le déjeuner sur l'herbe in the flesh, she was almost certainly aware of this ground breaking work that heralded a shift from Realism into Impressionism and the road towards Modern art.
- from extended label for 'After You', 2013.
Credit Line
Collection of the Edith Collier Trust, in the permanent care of the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui
Collection Type
Acquisition Date
Circa 1984



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