by Frederick Gore


DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 25.50 x 37.50 in./ 64.77 x 95.25 cm
SIGNATURE: Signed lower right
MEDIUM: Oil on canvas


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    Frederick Gore’s characteristic use of bright colours is more subtle in Nude than in his still lifes and landscapes, yet remains distinctive. The bright orange sheets envelope a nude woman and reflect in her warm skin tone. As with much of his work, Gore uses contrasting colours to highlight the forms depicted. For example, he uses blue accents to emphasise the woman’s curves.

    The woman’s casual pose and closed eyes invite the viewer to question the relationship between herself and Gore. Her calm composure is juxtaposed with the fiery colours used to depict her, hinting at a sense of narrative. Much like his other nude paintings, such as Reclining nude, with further nude (verso), this vibrant composition exemplifies Gore’s sophisticated understanding of colour. However, Nude reflects Gore’s more mature application of his technical drawing skills and great attention to detail.

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    Frederick Gore studied drawing and painting at the Ruskin School of Fine Art as a student at Trinity College, Oxford. He later studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, followed by his travels around Europe. It was in France that he became interested in Fauvism, adopting some techniques while remaining distinct from the movement. Between 1951 and 1979, Gore was the Head of Painting at Saint Martin’s School of Art, where his students found him particularly encouraging. Gore was made a CBE in 1987 for his contributions to art.

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