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Portrait of a Girl (Sophie, the artist's sister)

Mark Gertler1908

Ben Uri Gallery

Ben Uri Gallery
London, United Kingdom

A head-and-shoulders portrait of the artist’s sister, Sophie, in full face view, her head turned slightly to the left, wearing a brown dress with white double-ruff collar and gold locket, her hair dressed up and away from the face in the Edwardian style. Sophie, eight years his senior, was one of Gertler’s favourite models – possibly due to her availability at home and readiness to sit. This is the artist’s earliest known portrait of her and his most Rembrandtesque. It probably dates from just after he began painting lessons under Philip Wilson Steer at the Slade in the autumn of 1908, where Gertler went on to complete a remarkable portfolio of family portraits.

Details

  • Title: Portrait of a Girl (Sophie, the artist's sister)
  • Creator: Mark Gertler
  • Date Created: 1908
  • Physical Dimensions: h 58, w 48.5 cm
  • Type: painting
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Art Genre: portrait
  • Art Form: painting
  • Support: canvas

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