5 1/4 x 3 3/8 in
This drawing formed part of the personal collection of the chaplain-turned-poet and famous model for the Bloomsbury set, Paul Roche. It manifests the powerful relationship between Duncan Grant and Roche, his principal legatee.
Grant creates an imposing physical presence with skilfully rendered patches of light and shade that define the body through erotic muscular forms.
Exuding the intimacy and excitement of a blossoming relationship, the bold, powerful lines of this 1940s drawing also reflect Grant’s recent artistic successes, including a 1947 sale to the Tate, and 1947 exhibition at Agnews.
This exceptional drawing by an artist who is gaining increasing acclaim marks an important moment in post-war life, not just for art but for British culture as a whole.