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Mischief and Repose, 1909 (oil on canvas)

Mischief and Repose, 1909 (oil on canvas)


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Mischief and Repose, 1909 (oil on canvas)

1772135 Mischief and Repose, 1909 (oil on canvas) by Godward, John William (1861-1922); 38.4x76.9 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: Mischief and Repose. John William Godward (1861-1922). Oil on canvas. Painted in 1909. 38.4 x 76.9cm.); Photo eChristies Images; English, out of copyright

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Mischief and Repose, 1909

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is a captivating oil painting by British artist John William Godward. This exquisite piece, measuring 38.4x76.9 cm, showcases the artist's mastery in capturing the essence of early twentieth-century leisure and beauty. In this portrait-style artwork, we see a young woman lying on her back with mischievousness in her eyes. Her brown hair cascades over an animal skin as she reclines on a veranda overlooking the coastline. With a cheeky smile directed at the camera, she exudes both playfulness and relaxation. Godward skillfully portrays the temperament of his subject through her posture and direct gaze. The woman's long dark hair blends seamlessly with the natural space surrounding her, creating an atmosphere of tranquility amidst mischief. The composition highlights not only the woman but also architectural elements that frame her figure against the backdrop of sea and sky. The use of light and shadow adds depth to this scene, enhancing its allure. This exceptional artwork captures a moment frozen in time – a snapshot of leisurely recreation during an era characterized by classicism and Victorian aesthetics. It invites viewers to appreciate both the beauty of nature and human form while pondering upon themes of rest, solitude, and playful behavior. "Mischief and Repose" stands as testament to Godward's talent for depicting women with grace and elegance while evoking emotions that transcend time itself.

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