MAURICE ASKENAZY (1888-1961)
Nude with a Japanese Folding Screenc. 193540 x 32 in. oil on canvas
ProvenanceMs. Alma Lasher, Beverly Hills, California
The Estate of Alma Lasher, inherited from above
Description"Interior" is one of Maurice Askenazy’s more modern compositions, calling to mind the work of Bonnard or Vuillard. The intimate scene shows a nude female model, dramatically seen in profile, posing for a painter in a sun-drenched studio. The door to the room is open, giving the impression that the viewer is stealing a glimpse of a private interaction between artist and model. A cleverly placed mirror on the back of the open door reveals the reflection of the painter, who we are meant to take as Askenazy himself, at work. Askenazy takes great care to depict the details of the room, from the patterned ottoman to the framed paintings on the walls, each a mosaic of Impressionistic color.