Girl Reading (verso) (c.1930). Philip Naviasky (British, 1894-1983). Oil on board. Pannett Art Gallery.
The present work exemplifies Naviasky’s technique of combining patches of bold, saturated colouring against plain backgrounds in a way that illuminates his subjects. Naviasky’s technical accomplishment can be further appreciated in the way two seemingly different colour choices (back wall and coat) blend as corresponding colours.
There are lyrics that fly readings / Hay letras que sobrevuelan las lecturas (ilustración de Cécile Mancion)
William Travilla sized Marilyn up from the beginning, describing her as “an untapped source of creative genius and completely natural with the instincts of a feral cat and the incandescent beauty that God seldom bestows on mere mortals.”