The Berger Collection

William Etty (1787-1849)
Reclining Female Nude in a Landscape, ca. 1830-35
Millboard laid on canvas
30 ½ x 37 in. (69 x 77 cm)

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William Etty was one of the only British artists to specialize in painting the nude before the twentieth century. A pupil of the portraitist Sir Thomas Lawrence at the Royal Academy Schools in London, Etty also studied the works of the old masters on a sojourn in France and Italy. Reclining Female Nude in a Landscape recalls Titian’s nudes, but Etty’s inspiration may have been The Toilet of Venus by Diego Velázquez, which Etty may have seen in a private collection in his native York.


Camille Groult, Paris, before 1900; Pierre Bordeaux-Groult, Paris, by 1958; by descent until 2004; with Didier Aaron, Inc., Paris; from which acquired for the Berger Collection Educational Trust, 2010; Denver Art Museum, PTL-5614


Dennis Farr, William Etty, London, 1958, p. 176, no. 240

Exhibited: Venice, Biennale, 2009

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