Standing nude with stockings
Leo Gestel (Woerden 1881-1941 Hilversum)
When Leo Gestel first presented his provocative nudes in 1911, the Amsterdam art world was in shock. Like his contemporary Egon Schiele, Gestel´s nude has a subdued erotic connotation while being radically cropped. The life-size fearless depiction of the model is rendered on the paper with unflinching confidence. Without support or visible context but with economical use of saturated colors, this Standing nude with stockings is a drastic modernist departure from the prevalent academic style at the time.
Mireille Mosler Ltd.
"Dutch and Flemish Old Master Paintings and Drawings, Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Art"