A Study of Two Models by Sir William Russell Flint

  • This study was produced by revered 20th century watercolorist Sir William Russell Flint
  • Renowned for his masterful renderings of the female form, here the artist features two models
  • The women pose in a variety of positions and angles
  • Flint received a retrospective from the Royal Academy in 1962 - a high honor
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Sir William Russell Flint, R.A., P.R.W.S.1880-1969 | Scottish

A Study of Two Models

Signed "WRussell Flint" (bottom right)

Ethereal and sensual, Sir William Russell Flint's Study of Two Models highlights the artist's skillful mastery in capturing the female form. One of the most celebrated watercolorists of the 20th century, Flint enjoyed considerable success during his lifetime, and today his lasting reputation is tied to his remarkable talent for portraying women, like the two models featured here. This study gives an alluring view of the artist's process in rendering his famous nude watercolors.

Though six figures are visible in this study, Flint was working with only two models, each of which has been rendered in a different color: red or black chalk. The artist captured both women in a variety of poses and angles, paying meticulous attention to their facial expressions and the drapery of their clothing. A semi-nude woman lays across the foreground with her hair flowing above her head, and Flint has masterfully captured her wistful expression with a few deft strokes of chalk.

Born in Edinburgh, Flint began his artistic training at the age of 14 when he embarked upon a six-year apprenticeship as a lithographic draughtsman. In 1903 he joined The Illustrated London News, earning him a reputation as a gifted illustrator. After serving in World War I, Flint devoted his time to painting, and soon became an Associate Member of the Royal Academy in 1924. In a career spanning 70 years, it would be his treatment of the female figure that was considered most masterful. He was honored in 1962 by the Royal Academy with a retrospective exhibition of his works - the highest such recognition an artist can achieve during his lifetime.

20th century

Unframed: 17" high x 34½" wideFramed: 24" high x 39¾" wide

Provenance:
The Fine Art Society, London, by May 1958
Sale: Sotheby's, London, 10 November 1981, lot 123
Richard Green, London
Private Collection, Germany
M.S. Rau, New Orleans

A Study of Two Models by Sir William Russell Flint
Origin: England
Type: Drawings
Depth: 2.75 Inches
Width: 39.75 Inches
Height: 23.75 Inches
Canvas Width: 35.25 Inches
Canvas Height: 19.5 Inches
A Study of Two Models by Sir William Russell Flint
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