An Oil on Board Portrait of a Woman; Patrick Rixson 1964

Origin: American
Period: Mid 20thC
Provenance: Unknown
Date: c.1964
Width: 27”
Height: 28.5”

The unframed oil on board showing a young woman depicted three quarter bust, smiling and looking out to the viewer, the vacant space in a deep black, the whole signed and dated Rixson '64.

In entirely original condition the work has a nice craquelure across the surface. There is loss to the lower right corner as photographed.

Patrick Rixson was born in 1940 and was a Postwar & Contemporary painter. He died in 1971.
The way the picture is executed uses the Italian technique of Chiaroscuro which is the use of strong contrasts between light and dark with a bold contrast affecting the whole composition.

A very evocative picture with real feeling and emotional pull.