The Sphinx by Augustus John

...The Sphinx, which is perfect example of his technique and vision. To this day the woman who sat for the portrait is still unknown. My professor mentioned during a class that some insiders from the period, stated that woman actually never existed. The consensus was that the woman is combination of two women, Luisa Casati & Iris Tree, who had sat for him prior. Today the painting is owned by musician Bryan Ferry. I love this painting because the passion in the colors and lighting is near perfection. The mystery with it’s backstory is just icing on the cake.
[http://hkfamily5.com/blog/2014/7/9/augustus-johns-the-sphinx]


The sitter for Augustus John’s flame-red Sphinx is unknown, but undoubtedly a society figure of some standing.
[https://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/art/art-features/7803759/Bryan-Ferrys-eye-for-a-masterpiece.html]
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