The lithe, adolescent torso is shown with the right arm raised, standing with the weight on the right leg with the hip thrown out. The most obvious comparisons with both the swing of the hip and the raised arm on the same side is the Classical Greek sculpture of Apollo Lykeios by Praxiteles, where the youthful god is resting his hand on top of his head.
A successful businessman, academic and art collector, Dr Edwin Montague Passes (1921-2019) ‘Monty’ was one of the first and exclusive distributors of Levi Jeans in Europe. In 1954 he also invested in a young Vidal Sassoon, backing his first two salons. Monty’s sharp and discerning eye was not just limited to fashion - he and his wife Barbie assembled an important collection of European art which largely comprised Post-Impressionist works. Private family correspondence demonstrates that he was not just an art collector, but was also a great supporter and patron of contemporary artists and art galleries.