Fauve portrait oil lady

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With clear echoes of Matisse's 'Woman with a Hat' (1905), this bold fauvist portrait depicts a woman with a stern expression, suggesting she may not know she is being painted. With the flashes of vivid colour, this could be a depiction of a woman seen from across a bar who has caught the attention of the artist, or even somebody close to the painter pictured in a relaxed setting. The ambiguity is what adds to the excitement and mystery of this piece.

Artist name: Signed at present unidentifiable (Signed on reverse)

Approx date: 20th century 2nd half. 1950 to 70

Canvas Size: H 55 cm x W 46 cm x D 2 cm

Medium: Oil on Canvas 

Condition: Good