Joseph Block, Southern Beauty

Joseph Block, Southern Beauty

This alluring early 20th-century oil painting by German artist Joseph Block (1863-1943) depicts a lady amid an abundance of textures. Her boudoir is dark - the only light arriving via a small window. A sheet of illumination picks out her skin, yet her eyes are in the shadows. She holds a mirror and styles her hair.

This isn’t an ordinary bedroom, she’s inspired by the mystique of the Orient - immersed in her own sensuality. A rhythmical form rendered with expressive brushwork and subtle muted tones.

The painting is signed in the lower left and housed within a Baroque revival frame.

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Medium: Oil on canvas
Overall size: 32½” x 38” / 83cm x 97cm
Year of creation: c. 1910
Condition: Overall very presentable. Minor craquelure. Frame with some age-related wear.
Artist’s auction highlight: £2,773 achieved for an oil painting in 1998.