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A very large and very elegant mid century portrait of a young male figure reading a book, painted in oil onto canvas.
The artist has left the background indiscernible, removing any notion of time, place or context. This abstraction of the background conveys the fact that the figure is fully absorbed in his book, unaware of his surroundings. Similarly, we as the viewers are also drawn into the picture, fixing our gaze on the figure. His hair neatly parted, he is dressed in a deep red sweater, his book rests on his crossed legs.
This portrait has clearly taken great artistic skill, time and consideration to execute. The colours of the painting play off each other beautifully, yet there is great balance and harmony. The deep blue of his jeans and deep red of his sweater centre the picture, while a more muted palette radiates out towards the edges.
The painting is housed in a distressed silver frame which suits it perfectly. Both painting and frame are in good vintage condition overall. The painting has some light areas of craquelure, but is stable overall. There is some slight paint loss to the lower edge (as shown in the photos) due to the frame but this does not detract from its overall attractiveness.
Size: 89.5 x 72 cm (including frame)
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