The way O'Conor reconciles the gloomy recesses of the room with the radiant foreground recalls Walter Sickert's approach to painting the nude. The latter's name was mentioned in a letter O'Conor wrote to Clive Bell on 30 December 1909 (National Gallery of Ireland Archive, Dublin), and it is possible the Irish artist read Sickert's article 'The Naked and the Nude' (The New Age, 21 July 1910) in which he attributed 'the chief source of pleasure in the aspect of a nude' to the 'nature of a gleam - a gleam of light and warmth and life.' To enhance this radiance the figure should 'be seen in surroundings of drapery or other contrasting surfaces.'
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