Dorothy King (1907-1990), reclining nude 
Oil on canvas 495x 395mm
Dorothy King was born in London and studied at the Hornsey School of Art and the Slade School of Fine Art. She was elected to the Royal Society of British Artists at the age of 40, in 1947. She was keeper of the South London Art Gallery between 1961 and 1974.
Her work was exhibited at the RA, the New English Arts Club, and is represented in the MOMA collection, New York. Contemporary Galleries holding her work include Simpson Fine Art and ‘Modern British Pictures’.
The present piece is a fine example of the artist’s work. Using beautifully natural and diffusely illuminated flesh tones set against affirmative greens, King depicts a somnolent lady, reclining at ease, luxuriating as if in the midst of a most delightful dream. The artist invites us to identify with the sitter’s peacefulness.


Dorothy King (1907-1990), Reclining Nude