Props to Watkins

WR Watkins usually took a straightforward approach to his nude portraits — the model and a chair, bed or stool. But back in the day he used props more frequently. We just noticed this recurring piece of pottery in three of his paintings, two from the 1930s and one from the 1950s.

three paintings with pottery

Looks like a tomato or strawberry vase. The middle one has a particularly nice gloss effect for watercolor. Just another Watkins touch, such focus on detail in a figure study.

watkins pottery close-ups

Posted Friday, April 17th, 2009 under WR Watkins, models.

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