WILLIAM GOODRIDGE ROBERTS, R.C.A
oil on canvas
43.25 ins x 27.75 ins; 70.5 cms x 109.9 cms
“Humans are reserved for the figure paintings and, like Cézanne, Roberts expects his models to sit as still as apples on a plate. All he asks of them is that they be beautiful human beings – he would never paint anyone he considers physically unattractive – and that they hold the pose.” Using rapid and loose brushstrokes, Roberts builds his female subject out of ochre and raw umbers, as if breathing life into clay. The earth tones of her body and the onyx of her hair are punctuated by the verdant green and sharp white cloth on which she sits.
This lot was a birthday present to the artist’s wife, Joan C. Roberts, in 1953.
James Borcoman, Goodridge Roberts, A Retrospective, The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, 1969, page 19.
Collection of Joan C. Roberts, the artist’s wife
Private Collection, New York