Watkins and the redhead

We found these two paintings of a red-headed model in similar pose against a cloth backdrop. Could be the same session with different cloths or simply a favorite pose executed at different sittings.

WRWatkins standing redhead c.1930WRWatkins standing redhead c.1930

Either way, both are finely nuanced sketches from the 1930’s, the first a study of analogous tone, the second of complimentary contrast, each emphasizing the slight, sinuous curve of posture. Both are astonishing examples of Watkin’s skill with the fast and unforgiving nature of direct watercolor applied in real time during a live session.

Posted Friday, June 8th, 2012 under WR Watkins, William Reginald Watkins, models.

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