Margaret Watkins

Academic Nude - Tower of Ivory

June 1924
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Watkins paid close attention to the settings and backdrops in her portraits. In this nude study, she photographed the dancer Marguerite Agniel in front of a pair of embroidered Chinese screens, a flea-market find she considered “a treasure.” Here the subject’s pose creates a gentle curve echoed by the semi-transparent fabric that curls from her right shoulder around to her left calf. The sinuous ‘S’ shape is cleverly contained by the architecture of the shimmering screens.
Title
Academic Nude - Tower of Ivory
Date
June 1924
Medium
Photograph
Materials
palladium print
Dimensions
21.2 x 16 cm
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Purchased 1984 with the assistance of a grant from the Government of Canada under the terms of the Cultural Property Export and Import Act
Accession number
20626

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