Philip Wilson Steer, O.M., N.E.A.C. (1860-1942)
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Philip Wilson Steer, O.M., N.E.A.C. (1860-1942)

The Wood Nymph

Philip Wilson Steer, O.M., N.E.A.C. (1860-1942)
The Wood Nymph
signed and dated 'P W Steer 1902' (lower right)
oil on canvas
27 x 22 in. (68.6 x 55.8 cm.)
L.A. Harrison.
Hugo Pitman Esq., and by descent.
Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 11 June 1976, lot 55 (sold for £850).
Zeitschrift für Bildende Kunst, Leipzig, November 1902, as 'Aktstudie'.
D.S. MacColl, Philip Wilson Steer, London, 1945, p. 204.
B. Laugton, Philip Wilson Steer, Oxford, 1971, pp. 75, 140, no. 273, pl. 128.
London, New English Art Club, Spring 1902, no. 113, as 'A Nude'.
London, National Gallery, Exhibition of 20th Century British Paintings, 1940, no. 105 (lent by Hugo Pitman Esq.)
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Lot Essay

Steer’s Nude was one of the centre-pieces of the New English Art Club Spring Exhibition in 1902. In an otherwise gloomy show, it was, according to one critic, ‘cheerfully sketched’, combining ‘the vigour of Rubens with the palette of Romney’. Now in his forties, Steer’s spontaneity was undiminished and here he provides a vivacious counterpoint to Orpen’s sombre English Nude, 1900 (Mildura Arts Centre, Australia).

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