William S Taylor (1920-2010)

Artist Name William S Taylor (1920-2010)
Title Two Nudes
Description This striking European modernist nude portrait oil painting is by noted British artist William S Taylor. Painted circa 1958 the Picaso-esque painting is of two nude figures, one standing one seated, in the process of bathing. Possibly the dark haired figure is his wife, Audrey Wallis, a talented sculptor and painter, who was both his model and muse.
Provenance London estate.
Medium Oil on Canvas
Size 22 x 32 inches
Frame Housed in a complementary period James Bourlet frame, 38 inches by 28 inches and in good condition.
Condition Good condition.
Biography William S Taylor (1920-20100. Painter, teacher, writer, exhibition organiser and film-maker, born in Sheffield. He studied at Sheffield College of Art, 1936-39, and at the Royal College of Art, 1939-43. He taught at Sheffield College of Art where in 1963 he established the History of Art Department. He was Dean of the Faculty of Art and Design at Sheffield Polytechnic, 1972-75. He holds a Master of Philosophy degree in art history from Nottingham University. He has organised major shows of Aubrey Beardsley and Edward Burne-Jones at Mappin Art Gallery and made the film Portrait of Beardsley. He has exhibited at the RA, NEAC, at Leicester and Redfern Galleries and in New Zealand and Canada. Taylor's pictures combine figure and landscape with strong Neo-Romantic overtones, and are saturated with lyricism and a sense of longing.  His wife Audrey (Wallis) a talented sculptor and painter who won a scholarship to the RCA 1940-43 was both his model and muse.
Price £4000
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