Nina Hamnett (1890 - 1956)

£395.00 Sold Out

Nude Study C1920s
signed with initials
pencil on paper 30x21cm
mounted
good condition
Provenance with Modern British Gallery 2003
letter of authenticity provided

From 1906 to 1907 she studied at the Pelham Art School and then at the London School of Art until 1910. In 1914 she went to Montparnasse, Paris to study at Marie Vassilieff's Academy. On her first night in the Bohemian Parisian community she went to the café La Rotonde where the man at the next table introduced himself as "Modigliani, painter and Jew". In Paris in the 1910s she made close friends of Amedeo Modigliani, Pablo Picasso, Serge Diaghilev, and Jean Cocteau.
Nina’s charisma and avant-garde style forged friendships and connections with many notable UK artists and thinkers. In London she met and posed for Henri Gaudier-Brzeska who sculpted a series of nude bronzes. She associated with Augustus John, Walter Sickert, Roger Fry, Dylan Thomas, Aleister Crowley, Lytton Strachey and members the Bloomsbury Group. Nina worked at the Omega Workshops and had an affair with Roger Fry who painted two important portraits of her. Her biography, Laughing Torsa is a brilliant read. Despite creating a wide range of work and being painted by the greats, Nina’s legacy dwindled. Towards the end of her life, her circumstances declined, as did her health, and Nina died in poverty after falling 40 feet from her apartment window.

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