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Nude, Rottingdean

James Stroudley (1906-1985)



16 x 30 inches

'A Century of British Art: 1945-2010', Chris Beetles Gallery, 5 October-6 November 2021, No 310

The present drawing is one a series of works that James Stroudley produced during the 1950s, on the theme of nudes reclining in landscapes, and specifically on the beaches of Sussex. Stroudley’s explorations of the relationship between the human body and its environment can be compared to those of Bill Brandt, who took photographs of nudes on similar Sussex beaches during the same decade. However, while Brandt produced abstracted close-ups of bodily parts in order to emphasise their organic qualities, Stroudley outlined the contours of the whole figure as a suggestion of the wider terrain.

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