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  • Design Credit: Samantha Todhunter Design Ltd., Photo Credit: Oliver Clarke. Dimensions: H 36 in. x W 22 in.
  • Design Credit: Lucy Harris Studio, Photo Credit: Francesco Bertocci. Dimensions: H 36 in. x W 22 in.
  • Design Credit: Timothy Godbold, Photo Credit: Karl Simone. Dimensions: H 36 in. x W 22 in.
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Mark Gertler
The Sari




Mark Gertler (1891-1938) signed and dated ’Gertler/ 38’ (upper right) oil on board 91.5 x 56 cm. (36 x 22 in.) Provenance: Mrs. R. Diamond, the artist’s niece;
thence by descent to Wendy Formissano (her daughter). From the mid-1930s onward, Gertler painted nudes in a Neoclassical manner, with a 1934 exhibition of these female figures at the Leicester Galleries, London. 'The Sari’, alongside 'The Mandolinist', 'Nude with a Mandolin' and 'The Red Shawl', (1938), collectively represent a return, in his later painting, to the classicism that the young artist had so admired as a student. The depiction of the human form, and particularly the female body is one of the central concerns of Gertler’s work and the vehicle for some of his most creative and successful paintings. This interest in the human body can be traced back to his training at the Slade and tutelage in life drawing under Henry Tonks. This period, however, also articulates a renewed sense of energy on the part of the artist and a boldly modernist mindset, in particular allusions to Picasso’s nudes of this period are evident. 'The Sari' is one of his last recorded works, painted amidst the tumult and depression of his final years. Gertler's palette attests to the 'highly spiced and glowing' colours of the 1930s as identified by his biographer Woodeson (1972, p. 323), and his treatment of form is lyrical but strong, also typical of his later years. 'The Sari' relates to 'The Red Shawl (1938) (The Monsoon Art Collection), and possibly also 'The Yellow Shawl', as exhibited at the Lefevre Galleries in 1937 (no. 17). Exotic yet still monumental and Neoclassical, the woman in the sari has aquiline classical features - a strong nose, womanly form with curvaceous waist and hips, and a hand gesture to the viewer echoing classical sculpture. Bold, tactile strokes of rich paint (most likely almost entirely applied with a palette knife), make this an eminently sensual painting. Full of sinuous curves and luscious colours, ‘The Sari’ is realised with Gertler's unparalleled sense of sculptural, voluptuous form.


  • Creator
    Mark Gertler (1891 - 1939)
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  • Dimensions
    Height: 36 in. (91.44 cm)Width: 22 in. (55.88 cm)
  • More Editions & Sizes
    36 x 22 in.Price: $160,212
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  • Condition
    In good order, with no significant signs of damage or restoration. Minor restoration to top right corner. Pin mark to top right corner (almost certainly artists). Detailed condition report available upon request.
  • Gallery Location
    London, GB
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU80618346762

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