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John Lyman

Seated Nude Facing Front

Artist

John Lyman
Biddeford, Maine, 1886 – Kingsley, Barbados, 1967

Title

Seated Nude Facing Front

Date

About 1935

Materials

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

13.2 x 16.2 cm

Credits

Purchase, gift of the Fournelle family, inv. 2012.68

Collection

Quebec and Canadian Art

Lyman liked to use the same subjects repeatedly, so it is not always easy to date his works. His sketches in pencil or oil could precede his definitive paintings by several years. This oil sketch executed about 1935 can be linked to the painting Nude with Crimson Rug from the same time and prefigures Women on the Beach, executed in 1948. Lyman took a particular interest in the theme of bathers in the 1930s and 1940s. Imbued with both reserve and sensuality, Lyman’s drawings demonstrate the hedonism of French painting in the period between the World Wars.

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