by Paul Emsley
oil on canvas, 2009
37 7/8 in. x 44 1/8 in. (962 mm x 1120 mm)
Commissioned as part of the First Prize, 2007 BP Portrait Award, 2009
Sitterback to top
- Sir Vidiadhar Surajprasad ('V.S.') Naipaul (1932-2018), Novelist. Sitter in 5 portraits.
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The artist depicts the writer in his Wiltshire garden in a low winter light, sitting on a three-legged folding stool. The thin legs of the stool and Naipaul’s unsteady attitude reflect his frailty.
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- Nairne, Sandy (introduction), 500 Portraits: BP Portrait Award, 2011, p. 31