19th Century
Nude Study

Graphite on paper, signed bottom right ‘R.R.T’
Image size: 9 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches (24.25 x 11.5 cm)
Hand made Pre-Raphaelite gilt frame


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This is a delicate graphite study of a nude woman standing with her feet together and hands behind her back.

The ‘nude’ has become an enduring genre of representational art, especially painting, sculpture, and photography. It depicts people without clothes on, usually with stylistic and staging conventions that distinguish the artistic elements (such as innocence, or similar theatrical/artistic elements) of being nude with the more provocative state of being naked.

As social attitudes about artistic nudity have changed, this has sometimes led to conflict over art that no longer conforms to prevailing standards. For example, the Roman Catholic Church once organized the so-called fig-leaf campaign to cover nudity in art, starting from the works of Renaissance artist Michelangelo.

So far the artist has not been possible to work out but the quality of the work speaks for itself.