V.S. Naipaul

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V.S. Naipaul

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
Primary Collection
NPG 6875

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  • Paul Emsley (1947-), Artist. Artist or producer of 4 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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