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Title: Study of a reclining nude model from behind
Date: ca. 1926–29
Medium: Watercolor over pencil on cream laid paper
Dimensions: Image: 17 x 22 1/2 inches (43.2 x 57.2 cm)
Credit Line: Gift of Professor Howard E. Evans, Class of 1944, and Mrs. Evans
Object Number: 93.031
Label Text: Here Epstein sets the fleshiness of the model against the delicate fringe of the blanket. The tiny red bud of the lips is like a spark in the composition—there is a smoldering quality to this drawing, more overtly sexual than usually found in a nude study.

The unidentified model is most likely Kathleen Garman, who was Epstein’s model and muse despite his other liaisons and a longstanding marriage. Garman was the mother of three of his six children and, eventually, the second Lady Epstein. (“Drawing the Line: 150 Years of European Artists on Paper," curated by Nancy E. Green and presented at the Johnson Museum January 20–June 10, 2018)

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