Daphne Fedarb

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This series of graphite drawings attributed to artist Daphne Fedarb (1912-1992) evidences stylistic elements of nudes from Fedarb, and her wider circle, particularly watercolour studies that emerged from her studio after her death in 1992, as well as ‘blind contour’ drawings executed by her drawing instructor, Bernard Meninsky, now in the Tate.

Wonderfully fluid and energetic, these drawings have a playfulness that crystallises the beauty of the moving female form into the simplicity of pure line - an element that punctuated Fedarb’s work, which spanned high 1930s Modernism to graphic design of the 1980s.

Born in London, Daphne Fedarb studied at the Beckenham School of Art from 1928-30, moving to the Slade School of Art (1931-34) and then finally to the Westminster School of Art (1936-39), where she studied under Mark Gertler and Bernard Meninsky. She married fellow artist Ernest Fedarb in 1932, and they exhibited jointly in 1935 and 1986. She exhibited and was a member of a number of societies, from the Royal Society of British Artists, National Society and the Women’s International Art Club. She won the Laing Landscape Competition in both 1981 and 1983, and the RBA de Laszlo Medal in 1982.