'Nude Viewed from the Back' by Charles Kvapil (1937)
'Nude Viewed from the Back', oil on canvas, by Charles Kvapil (1937). The world of art has for centuries depicted nudes in one form or another. Kvapil's wonderfully alluring versions may likely be inspired by Courbet and Cézanne. This nude appears on a chair with her back to the artist and viewer. There are plush reds, sensuous pinks and darker, patterned curtains adding atmosphere and visual texture to the painting. The artwork is in good overall condition and framed in gold with a French style slip. The frame shows some minor yet characterful signs of wear and the slip has several blemishes associated with age. The artist signed the work in the lower left hand and dated it 1937. Please enjoy the many photos accompanying this listing. Upon request a video may be provided.
About the Artist: Charles Kvapil was born in 1884 in Antwerp, Belgium. He exhibited his first works there in 1908 at the Salon d'Anvers. After the war he attended l'Académie des Beaux-Arts in Antwerp and began to exhibit in Paris in 1920 at the Salon des Indépendants. Kvapil was known primarily as a painter of people, in particular of curvaceous nudes. He moved into a studio in Montmartre where he painted his models in the studio with Sacre Coeur as backdrop. He also painted in the countryside like the Impressionists. Kvapil's paintings are creative and modern; his nudes and bouquets of flowers are energetic and powerful. His palette is rich in cobalt blues and in fiery earth tones. His technique is intuitive and confident. Although his oils were often modestly presented on panels of wood or soft board, those formats did not detract from the evident talent he displayed nor from the joy exemplified in his paintings. His paintings are vigorously sought-after when they become available for sale at the international auction houses.
Dimensions with frame:
H 74 cm / 29.1"
W 59 cm / 23.2"
Dimensions without frame:
H 61 cm / 24"
W 47 cm / 18.5"