DETAIL : George LAMBERT  Russia 1873 � Australia 1930  'Chesham Street' [Chesney Street; The Doctor; Harley Street] 1910  oil on canvas National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, purchased in 1993 DETAIL : George LAMBERT  Russia 1873 � Australia 1930  'The convex mirror' c.1916  oil with pencil on wood panel private collection
George LAMBERT | Reclining nude

Russia 1873 – Australia 1930
Australia 1887-1900; England 1900-01; France 1901-02; England 1902-21; Australia from 1921
Reclining nude 1906
sheet 32.7 (h) x 26.8 (w) cm
sight 25.8 (h) x 22.4 (w) cm
frame 45.0 (h) x 40.6 (w) x 2.0 (d) cm
image 21.0 (h) x 21.0 (w) cm
signed 'Geo.W.LAMBERT/1906' and inscribed 'To D Wood'
private collection
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This provocative image of a naked woman was possibly made as an exercise in drawing a figure in an unusual pose. With its strong outlines, carefully modelled musculature and twisted pose it has a sculptural quality. The twisted pose, the plasticity, and the heavily built muscles of the legs are reminiscent of Michelangelo’s Sybils in the Sistine Chapel, which are believed to have been based on male figures and transformed into female.

The model for this drawing may be Kitty Powell, who posed for the nude figure in Lambert’s painting The sonnet (cat.34) about this time.

Francis Derwent Wood (1871–1926), to whom the drawing was inscribed, was a British sculptor and a good friend of Lambert’s. Lambert painted a small study of Wood’s family in 1905, Wood’s portrait in 1906, a pencil portrait of his wife, Florence Schmidt, in 1910 and an oil portrait of her in 1914–15.

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