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© The Artist's Estate. Presented by the executor of the Estate of Wilfred Avery with Art Fund support, 2019.
Figure Undressing
Date Made/Found: 1956
Artist: Wilfred Avery , British, 1926 - 2016
Material and Medium: oil on board
Dimensions: Frame: 1118 × 814mm
Department: Visual Art
Accession Number: VIS.6019
Wilfred Avery’s early work was influenced by the ‘Kitchen Sink’ painters and he often exhibited alongside them. While this portrait of a man undressing references an everyday action, it is an intimate scene. Avery was a gay man who did not directly refer to homosexuality in his work, but he did represent the male form in states of movement in a sensual and often abstract way. Wilfred Avery was born in Devon in 1926. He studied at St. Paul’s College, Cheltenham where he became interested in modern painting. In 1952 he moved to London and exhibited with Helen Lessore at the Beaux Arts Gallery. His first solo exhibition was in 1954 at Gallery One.
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