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Sir Gerald Festus Kelly (1879-1972):
Studio portrait with a pink chrysanthemum
Unmounted (ref: 6505)
Oil on canvas, squared in pencil
12 7/8 x 16 7/8 in. (32.7 x 43 cm)
Provenance: The Artist's Estate
This enigmatic painting comprises a canvas on which there are two unfinished paintings. The superimposed chrysanthemum which partially obscures an earlier portrait of an unidentified man's face, suggests that Kelly was reusing an old canvas when he started painting this study of flowers and foliage.