Bensemann, Leo Vernon, 1912-1986 :[Portrait of poet Denis Glover. ca 1937?]
Shows a head and shoulders portrait, three-quarter view, of Christchurch poet Denis Glover. He is clean-shaven and wears a polo neck green sweater and tan sports jacket. The background is divided: a light blue left side, with a dark green drape on the right, behind the sitter.
Estimated from the subject's appearance, to be dated from before the second World War. May be 'Portrait of a young man' shown by Bensemann at the Canterbury Society of Arts, catalogue number 30, 1937. It was priced at 35 pounds. Bensemann, in an unpublished interview with artist Trevor Moffitt, mentioned that he had once shown a portrait of Glover at the CSA. He exhibited at the CSA only from 1935 to 1938.
The divided background may be derived from the technique used in Durer's portrait painting, as a contrast or complement to the colour scheme (See Caroline Otto's comment in her "Leo Bensemann; portraits, masks & fantasy figures" (Nelson, Nikau Press, 2005), page 44.
Quantity: 1 oil(s).
Physical Description: Oil on canvas board, 485 x 397 mm (sight)
Provenance: Purchased at Watson's (Christchurch) auction, 27 November 2007, lot 111. Previously in the estate of Denis Donovan, of Christchurch
Access restrictions: Partly restricted - Digital content available only in Katherine Mansfield Reading Room
Format: 1 oil(s), Works of art, Oil paintings, Portraits, Oil on canvas board, 485 x 397 mm (sight), Orientation: Vertical imageSee original record
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