This work is a small profile portrait of the influential American poet, critic, author and editor, Laura Riding (1901 1991).
Poet by RB Kitaj, 2006
© The artist courtesy of Marlborough Fine Art
- Oil on canvas
- 30.5 x 30.5 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £3,000 ( Total: £8,800)
- Acquired in:
- Marlborough Fine Art
Born in New York to a family of Austrian-Jewish immigrants, Riding was best known for her association with the Fugitives in the 1920s and her personal and literary partnership with Robert Graves. Drawn in bold, black outlines with touches of local colour, this painting is a good example of Kitaj's powerful draughtsmanship, and a testament of his affection and respect for one of the American literary greats.
The artist. Marlborough Fine Art.
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