Woman with a Fan by Sir Matthew Smith

A nude study of a woman seated in an armchair and holding a fan in her left hand.


Oil on canvas
131 x 81 cm
Art Fund grant:
£1,000 ( Total: £3,500)
Acquired in:
Lady Epstein

She leans back against the chair and looks down towards her left. Drapery of blue and green lies across her lap and behind her head. Vera Cuningham, the model, was also the model for a whole series of Smith's most masterly paintings of this period. Sir Philip Hendy has called this 'one of the masterpieces of English painting; a heavy-weight champion, a tremendous monument of glowing flesh'.


Sir Jacob Epstein

Venue details

Walker Art Gallery William Brown Street, LIVERPOOL Merseyside L3 8EL 0151 478 4199 www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/walker

Entry details

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Daily, 10am – 5pm

Closed 24, 25, 26 and 31 Dec and 1 Jan

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