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Mark Gertler
Suzanne

1921

$323,833.15

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Suzanne signed and dated ‘Mark Gertler – November 1921’ (upper right) oil on canvas 22 x 18 in. (55.9 x 45.8 cm.) Exhibited: ‘Mark Gertler, John Nash, Gilbert Spencer’, Goupil Gallery, May 1926, no. 41 (sold for 35 guineas). Provenance: Goupil Gallery; Private Collection, USA. Literature: This sitter depicted in this masterpiece by Mark Gertler, is Suzanne Nys, sister of Aldous Huxley’s wife Maria, and wife of the sculptor Joep Nicolas (whose biographer Sybille Bedford, described Suzanne as an ‘angelic beauty’). Gertler produced two portraits of Suzanne in October 1921, and wrote to Lady Ottoline Morrell (20 Oct 1921): ‘I have been painting a sister of Maria lately - a nice good girl – but I have been rather hustled over it, as she is returning immediately to Belgium – I am sorry she is going because she is so good to paint – like a Bellini – and a nice girl too – Sometimes a young man calls for her who is exactly like a sort of Belgian Partride [sic] – a policeman of a fellow – It’s her young man.’ Suzanne remembered Gertler as ‘charming: tout beau comme it etait, pareil á un personnage de Carpaccio.’ (Sybille Bedford, Aldous Huxley, p. 128). In the winter of 1921, MG wrote to Valentine Dobrée, ‘... I have been working mostly on nudes, the painting of which is interesting me more than anything else just now - I hope to paint a lot of them - not only single ones - but groups - but they take such a long time to do, that so far I have only completed one small one - It is also an expensive business as a model costs 10/- a day ...’ Exhibited: Goupil Gallery, February 1922 (no. 12) £25.

Details

  • Creator
    Mark Gertler (1891 - 1939)
  • Creation Year
    1921
  • Dimensions
    Height: 22.01 in. (55.9 cm)Width: 18.04 in. (45.8 cm)
  • More Editions & Sizes
    22 x 18 in.Price: $323,833
  • Medium
  • Movement & Style
  • Period
  • Condition
    Canvas unlined, and essentially in good condition, with no significant signs of damage or restoration. Under UV light minor scatterings of retouching visible. Stable light craquelure. Detailed condition report available upon request.
  • Gallery Location
    London, GB
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU80618309962

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    Ships From: London, United Kingdom
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