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Seated Female Nude by Martin Froy


Artist:Martin Froy
Artwork type:drawing
Material:Pencil with white heightening on paper
Measurements:378 x 255 mm
Technique:pencil with white heightening
Date:1950
Location:College Art Collections, UCL (Slade School Collections)
Culture:British
Rights owner:Martin Froy
Rights status:UK HE use only
Institution:Slade School of Art
Notes:In the 1950s although the life room at the Slade remained central to the curriculum, students increasingly used the discipline of drawing the life model as a point of departure for formal exploration rather than producing traditional life drawings. It has also been suggested that Froy was influenced by Rudolf Wittkower's lectures on Renaissance perspective and geometry which were given at the school in 1950-51, and this female nude, composed entirely of geometric blocks, seems to confirm this influence. Froy was one of a group of students who drew inspiration from the school of Paris in their work and this is also visible in his large painting 'Europa and the Bull' which won the Summer Composition Competition in 1950.

Lit: Andrew Forge, 'The Slade', Motif, 6, Spring 1961

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