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Bernard Meninsky (1891-1950)
Bernard Meninsky (1891-1950)

The First Wife

Bernard Meninsky (1891-1950)
The First Wife
signed and dated 'B. Meninsky/1915' (lower centre)
oil on canvas
24 x 20 in. (60.9 x 50.8 cm.)
Arthur Crossland, Bradford.

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Meninsky married his first wife Margaret O'Connor in 1917. She was known as Peggy and Meninsky painted her several times during their short-lived marriage (1917-1919). A series of drawings of his wife with his first son were published in book form in 1920 as Mother and Child: Twenty-eight Drawings. The tenderness in these works were instrumental in forming his early reputation.

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