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Study of a Woman, Reclining by Dora Carrington

This is one of two paintings and three drawings by Carrington in the collection, it won second prize in the the life painting competition in 1912 and has been shown in several major exhibitions such as the Carrington retrospective at the Barbican in 1995 and The Artist's Model at York City Art Gallery, Kenwood House and Djanogly Art Gallery, Nottingham, 1999.
Artist:Dora Carrington
Artwork type:painting
Material:oil on canvas
Measurements:510 x 762 mm
Location:College Art Collections, UCL
Rights owner: The Artist's Family
Rights status:UK HE use only
Institution:Slade School of Art
Notes:Drawing and painting from the life model were at the heart of the Slade curriculum from its foundation in 1871. After a period drawing in the antique room, students were allowed to progress to the life room when they were considered sufficiently advanced.

The Slade was the first school to allow women students access to the life model, although classes were segregated with male and female students working in separate studios and female students studied from a lightly draped male model. Carrington's reclining female nude is a beautifully observed academic life painting with its roots in the stylistic concerns and palette of the old masters.

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