Oil on canvas 60 x 48 inches
First re-Exhibited London Royal Academy 1947 No. 139
Previously known as Dressing for the Ballet ( See above) This work originally painted and exhibited in 1927 became so severely damaged on return from an exhibition in America, that the artist had to remove all the pigment and completely repaint
it, re-engaging the models, which took many months and it resulted in the work becoming different in composition and colour.
If one looks carefully at the 1927 painting and this one, it is noticeable that to cover damage, one can see into a next door Dressing room, pictures have been added on the wall, there is a freeze to the neckline on the dressmakers dress, there is a towel over the models knees and two other changes – one on the table and one over the chair
– Notice the changes ?
As the work was so different the Royal Academy permitted it to be re-exhibited in 1947 under the Title No. 1 Dressing Room.
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