Susannah. Dorothy Thornhill, Brit./Aust.
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1936. Oil on canvas, signed and dated lower right, titled and signed in pencil on stretcher verso, 64.5 x 44.5cm. Minor scuffing and perforations lower right. Framed.

Provenance: Dundas and Thornhill estate.

Painter and teacher at the National Art School for almost forty years, Thornhill was the second wife of her former teacher, Douglas Dundas. Painter Brian Dunlop said her drawing, “devoid as it was of formula and cliché, was among the finest ever produced in this country.” Ref: DAAO.

The image seems to be have been inspired by one of the figures in Renoir’s 1917 painting depicting two bathers. Ref: Athenaeum (USA).

Renoir’s model may have been artist Marie-Clémentine Valadon, who was nicknamed “Suzanne” by Toulouse-Lautrec after the biblical story of Susanna and the Elders. See also item 47 of the same subject by husband Douglas Dundas.

Item #CL183-160

Price (AUD): $2,650.00  other currencies

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