Inderin by Marie-Louise von Motesiczky

Oil, 1964.


Art work details

Original Title :
Year of production :
Marie-Louise von Motesiczky
Medium :
Oil painting
Oil paint, Canvas
Dimensions :
height: 71.5 cm; width: 102 cm
Credit Line :
Loaned by Private Collector
Copyright :
© Marie Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust
Blue, Motesiczky

Partly repainted in 1969.

The sitter, Sheela Bonarjee recalls being approached by the artist to sit for a portrait, whilst walking on Hampstead Heath. Invited to her home, Bonarjee remembers the émigré writer and close friend of the artist, Elias Canetti appearing during the sittings, regaling her with amusing anecdotes from his 1935 novel Auto-da-Fe (the book she is reading). The artist originally had Bonarjee lying on a chaise longue, with a small imaginary snake nearby, but she later repainted the canvas, changing it to a coastal setting with the little seagull.

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