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Señorita 'S'

Date made: 1936

Artist: Nicholson, John Hobson

Description: John Hobson Nicholson (1911-1988) is the grandson of celebrated Manx artist John Miller Nicholson. He is most known for his landscape and maritime scenes, but he was also an excellent portrait painter. 'Señorita ‘S’' is thought to be a portrait of his first wife, Dorothy Nicholson. It was painted in 1936 at the height of the surrealist and symbolist movements when art could be figurative but also deeply imbued with meaning. 1936 also saw the start of the Spanish Civil War, a conflict which stimulated an artistic and literary response from across Europe as people either went to fight in Spain or reflected their feelings about the conflict in their work. This portrait, which appears conventional now, may have been far more emotive when it was first exhibited in London in the late 1930s.

Measurements: unframed artwork: 87 cm x 60 cm

Materials: oil on canvas

Object name: painting

Collection: Art Collection

ID number: 1993-0075

Subject tags : #artgallerypeople


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