Lot 41
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Howard Chandler Christy

70,000 - 100,000 GBP
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  • Howard Chandler Christy
  • Nudes at the Beach
  • signed and dated Howard Chandler Christy / 1930 (lower right)
  • oil on canvas
  • 101.5 by 127cm., 40 by 50in.


Philadelphia, Newman Galleries (by 1975)
Sale: Sotheby's, New York, 25 May 1988, lot 271
Purchased at the above sale by the present owner


New York, New York Cultural Centre; Minneapolis, Institute of Arts; Houston, University of Houston Fine Art Centre, Three Centuries of the American Nude, 1975 (label on verso)

Catalogue Note

American painter and illustrator Howard Chandler Christy was one of the most famous portrait painters of the Jazz Age. His sitters included Theodore Roosevelt, the Prince of Wales (Edward the VIII), and Amelia Earhart among many. His ideal of woman, perceived as beautiful, sensual, but also strong and independent, is often the main subject of his paintings and became known as the ‘Christy Girl’. As James Philip Head, author of the artist’s biography, notes: ‘His Christy Girl became an icon in America. Women wanted to be her. Men wanted to marry her’. Depicting a nudist beach, the present  work shows the Christy Girl in her most flagrant incarnation. Unselfconscious and confident, the nude girls wallow languorously, their gaze engaging viewer in a come-hither moment. Similar nudes, painted in the 1930s, hung in the Café des Artistes, New York.