- William Etty
Reclining Female Nude in a Landscape with Two Dogs, about 1830–35
Oil paint on millboard mounted on canvas
Gift of the Berger Collection Educational Trust, 2018.13
William Etty was one of the only British artists to specialize in painting the nude before the twentieth century. A pupil of Sir Thomas Lawrence at the Royal Academy Schools in London, Etty also studied the works of the old masters on a sojourn in France and Italy, in particular Titian, Veronese, and Rubens. The Berger picture recalls Titian’s nudes, but Etty’s inspiration may have been The Toilet of Venus by Diego Velázquez, which Etty could have seen in a private collection in his native York.
- “Treasures from the Berger Collection: British Paintings 1400-2000” — Denver Art Museum, 10/2/2014 – 9/9/2018