Oil on Canvas
signed and dated
75 x 49.7 cm
66 x 61 cm
Some of the most important of Gertler’s paintings of the twenties were of single nude figures like this one. (He had painted the occasional nude before, two studies in 1916 and a seated nude at the Omega workshops in 1918. The same year he exhibited one at the London Group show).
At this time, in the early twenties, Gertler, like Derain, was looking for something ‘fixed, eternal and complex’ in his work. Once again, in Adolescence , he decided to present the model in sumptuous surroundings, including the frame which is part of the composition – presenting the model, an East End girl of modest means, as a luxuriant creature. His palette has become more varied and sensuous, informed by the works of Renoir for whom he had the highest admiration.