This work shows the artist wrestling to define the poses of both the male and female figures in his gouache 'Contribution' of 1885, now in the Kupferstichkabinett, Berlin.

This is a sensitive and intricate work and the study of the woman in particular reveals a delicacy and refinement far beyond the usual preparatory study.


Marcus Keppel, Berlin; Henry T Rathenau, 1924; confiscated during World War II; returned to Rathenau's sister Ellen Ettlinger, Oxford; Otto Nauman; Jill Newhouse Drawings and Watercolours, New York, 1995.

Barber Institute of Fine Arts

University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, West Midlands, B15 2TS
0121 414 7333

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Weekdays, 10am - 5pm
Weekends, 11am - 5pm

1st January, Good Friday, 24-26th December: Closed.

Exhibitions at Barber Institute of Fine Arts

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