Drogheda Municipal Art Collection

Affectionate Couple

Beatrice Glenavy

b. 1881 - d. 1970
1902 Pastel on paper

Affectionate Couple not only demonstrates Beatrice Glenavy’s ability to draw, but to draw in pastel. The delicacy of the lady – her pale, intense expression and flame-coloured hair – evokes the work of the pre-Raphaelites, Edward Burne Jones, or Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s paintings of his wife, Lizzie Siddon, or later, Jane Morris, as his model. In Glenavy’s work, the couple embraces in the privacy of a wooded glade, absorbed in their own intimacy.

A pastel drawing showing a couple. The woman, with red hair, is holding the man against her chest as she seems to be wrapping her long hair around him. In the foreground her hand can be seen with strands of her hair held in her hand as she rests it against the man.