Blair Hughes-Stanton (1902-1981)
Reclining Nude, c. 1936
Tempera on canvas
76.5 x 102cm

A magnificent abstract nude rendered in a dynamic colour palette.

Blair Hughes-Stanton, son of the artist Sir Herbert Hughes-Stanton, was a noted British artist of the interwar period. He was celebrated mostly for his skills as an engraver, and was a founding member of the English Wood Engraving Society when it was established in 1925. During the course of his career he worked in various media, though his art frequently focused on the female nude. His interest in modernist abstraction is evident in this depiction of a female nude, the unusual composition of which incorporates a vivid palette, abstracted interior, and elements of still life.