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1970s Vintage Suzanne Peters "Sunbather" Expressionist Nude Female Portrait Oil on Canvas Painting


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This is a bright, unique, and energetic vintage 1970s (signed 1974) large scale expressionist style nude female figure portrait by Chicago artist Suzanne Peters (1923-2014). It is an oil on canvas painting signed by the artist and entitled “Sunbather.” Peters was prolific in the mid 1960s through the early 1980s, working mostly in large scale studies of women and figures, painting along a spectrum of realism and abstract expressionism, mostly in pastel or primary hues. This painting is a gorgeous portrait with an evocative sense of warmth and appreciation of the corporeal form. Its title evokes the energy of seaside sunshine, of relaxation, and of self admiration. The woman in this painting is relaxed and content, with an edge of attitude and an intriguing history resting in her face. Her fiery orange hair draws the viewer in and the lemon and goldenrod hues that surround her welcome you to keep looking back, the figure offering something slightly different with each new glance. Her body is distinguished from the background and given a soft, tactile sense of anatomical realism with stunning painterly details and colors, brushstrokes and expressions of cooler tones like blues, periwinkles, pinks, greens. The body has no harsh outlines and sinks cooperatively into the back ground, yet at the same time her figure is undeniably the focus of the piece. The painting is in excellent vintage condition with age-appropriate wear. It measures 30 1/2 inches wide and 61 1/4 inches tall. There is some minor foxing to the bottom corner of the back of the canvas. The canvas is framed in a simple silver metal framed, and reinforced across the back with two horizontal pieces of wood. The metal frame has some dimpling in the metal along the sides, noticeable under scrutiny. Additionally, this painting has been stored in a basement-type area for a long time so it has some musty-basement odor that will certainly alleviate and air out with time in a better storage location.

Product Specifications

Depth: 1.5
Width: 31.5
Height: 61.25
Lead Time
0-3 Weeks (Limited Edition)

Vintage Specifications

Suzanne Peters

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