Sir William Russell Flint PRWS RA 1880-1969
Study in Black. 1920
Signed in watercolour and signed and inscribed by the artist on the back board.
Watercolour and gouache on artist's silk board.
10 x 22 inches
Provenance: Frost and Reed.
Frank Foster, Pall Mall, from 1969
Russell Flint had celebrity status in 1920 when he was invited to Yvonne"s, a Bond Street haut couturier, to depict the models in the new fashionable ladies' dresses.
The work is more than just a painting. it is a pure Art Deco image, redolent in its colours and forms, of the period of design. It is a version of Coco Chanel's LBD, the Little Black Dress that so influenced the course of 2oth century clothing, thus is a record of social history and fashion design. In addition, it is a sensitive and perfect depiction of a type of beauty that was the same in ancient Egypt as it is in the 20th and 21st century
It is in its original oak constructed frame, with thirty component parts, including keyed corners to retain permanent strength and stability of the mitred joints. It's Deco period white and black paint is the original.