(American, b. 1936)

Reclining Female Nude

Pastel on paper, 21 x 29 inches
Signed and dated at lower left: “Osborne 1985”
Inscribed at lower left: “For Rhea and Soc my dear friends”
Provenance: the artist; Socrates and Rhea Perakis, NJ”

This work is dedicated to “Rhea and Soc.” Socrates Perakis was a Philadelphia artist who, along with his wife Rhea and son Geroge operated a well-known high-end Philadelphia framing shop.

About the Artist

(American, b. 1936)

Elizabeth Osborne was born in Philadelphia PA. Encouraged by her high school art teacher—the artist Hobson Pittman—to attend the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA), she enrolled there in 1954 in a joint BFA program with the University of Pennsylvania. Only the third woman to have joined the faculty of PAFA in 1963, she was for many years the sole female faculty member. She retired from the Academy faculty in 2011.

Her work is in the collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the McNay Art Museum, the Reading Art Museum, the Delaware Art Museum, the Woodmere Art Museum, and the Palmer Museum of Art.