Saturday, February 14, 2015

Dod Procter / The Orchard

Dod Procter
(1892 - 1972)

The Orchard, 1934

Dod Procter 
The Orchard
MediumOil paint on canvas
DimensionsSupport: 1016 x 1270 mm
frame: 1190 x 1452 x 77 mm
AcquisitionPresented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1937

This was painted from life in the artist's garden at North Corner, Newlyn, Cornwall. The model is probably Eileen Mayo, a London-based professional model whom Dod Procter invited down to Cornwall and made the subject of several other paintings. All the other paintings of Mayo show her in an interior, this is the onlycanvas which depicts her nude in the open air. Procter produced numerous paintings of nude women and young girls during the decade 1925 to 1935 which were highly acclaimed for their objectivity and simplicity. What was, and still is, unusual is that these female nudes were painted by a female artist.


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