"Characters in Search of an Author": The Single-Figure Study and the Pritzker Collection

Shaw, Samuel (2016). "Characters in Search of an Author": The Single-Figure Study and the Pritzker Collection. In: Collins, Ian and Hughes, Eleanor eds. Modernism and Memory: Rhoda Pritzker and the Art of Collecting. New Haven: Yale University Press, pp. 93–126.

Abstract

This chapter explores 'single figure studies' or 'quasi-portraits' in the Rhoda Pritzker collection at the Yale Center for British Art. It argues that Pritzker's collection, though varied in many ways, contains a remarkable amount of 'single figure studies', by artists ranging from Walter Sickert and Gwen John to Kenneth Armitage and Keith Vaughan. The collection offers a fresh perspective on British artists' approach to the figure during the early to mid- twentieth century, drawing together artists whose oeuvres are usually considered separately.

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