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The reference for this painting was a black & white photo of a pastel by Janet Cumbrae-Stewart (1883 � 1960). She was my husband�s great aunt.. She studied at the National Gallery School under Fred McCubbin and L. Bernard Hall, before winning a scholarship to study at the Paris Salon. She spent most of her life in Europe and her paintings of nudes are much sought after. There is a very good article about her in the book �Australian Women Artists� by Janine Burke, and a number of other books have been written about her. My husband can remember her painting his portrait when he was a child, and we have several of her paintings that have been handed down through the family.
I did this painting quite a few years ago before I had access to a life drawing group! There was no shawl in the photo, so I pinned up a blue table cloth in my studio so I could get the effect of a shawl. Resourceful people sometimes aren�t we?
December 12th, 2012
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