William Scott (1913-1989) Nude on Chair 75 x 105 cm. (29 1/2 x 41 1/3 in.)
Lot 95*ARW
William Scott (1913-1989) Nude on Chair 75 x 105 cm. (29 1/2 x 41 1/3 in.)
Sold for £12,500 (US$ 20,714) inc. premium
Lot Details
William Scott (1913-1989)
Nude on Chair
charcoal
75 x 105 cm. (29 1/2 x 41 1/3 in.)
Executed in 1959 This work is registered in the William Scott Archive as number 1307

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE:
    With the Hanover Gallery, London
    Private collection, UK
    Sale; Sotheby's, London, 4 March 1987, lot 362, illustrated (as Nude on a Chair)
    With Gallery Moos, Toronto, where purchased by the family of the present owner
    Private Collection, Canada

    EXHIBITED:
    London, Hanover Gallery, William Scott, 25 September-26 October 1956, cat. no. 21

    LITERATURE:
    Norbert Lynton, William Scott, Thames and Hudson, London, 2004, cat.no.279, p.412 (ill.)

    'The chair faces us; the woman is turned three-quarters to her left, so that the leg can rest on a vaguely indicated bed. Her left hand rests on that knee. Her right arm comes down from her shoulder to the seat of the chair. All is quiet, neat, self-explanatory, including even the head with its unusually full and pleasant account of her face. None the less, distortions and other deviations soon become apparent. Most obviously, the arms are too short and slight for the rest of the body. The chair looks firm but is difficult to read. This remains one of William Scott's most calmly and constructively composed representations of a naked woman, yet its interest lies partly in the questions it raises.' (Norbert Lynton, William Scott, Thames and Hudson, London, 2004, p.412)
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