Modern British Art by Sir Gerald Festus Kelly: Ma Si Gyaw, Pose II, January 1920 | www.LLFA.uk

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Sir Gerald Festus Kelly:
Ma Si Gyaw, Pose II, January 1920

Framed (ref: 71)

Signed and dated and inscribed on the reverse 'Mandalay 1919'; further inscribed by John Napper, 'Given to JN by GK' 

Oil on panel, 13 1/2 x 10 in. (35 x 25.5 cm.)

Tags: Orientalism



Provenance: given by Kelly to his assistant, the artist John Napper

In a silver gesso patterned Rowley frame

Kelly's portraits of oriental dancers were at one time amongst the most popular of all popular prints. He first painted them early in his career, when he spent a period from 1908-9 in Mandalay, Burma, apparently to recover from an unhappy love affair. He returned to Burma and Cambodia later in his career to undertake further studies of oriental dancers.
He painted several poses of Ma Si Gyaw, this being Pose II, the Tate Gallery holding Pose IV (accession number NO3001).


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