The sweeping form, apricot colouring and languid pose of Solomon’s Reclining Woman recalls Lord Leighton’s Flaming June. However, Solomon uses a lighter touch and softer palette to evoke a dream-like atmosphere.
Born in 1860 in London, Solomon studied at the Royal Academy (under Leighton) and the Ecole de Beaux Arts, Paris (under Cabanel). Celebrated for his historical and biblical compositions and his portraiture, Solomon was a noted Academic painter. During the First World War he also pioneered camouflage techniques. He was a founder member of many societies including the New English Art Club and The Society of Portrait Painters and President of the Ben Uri (1924-6).
After 1881 Solomon became such a regular exhibitor at the Royal Academy that a space was reserved for him known as ‘Solomon’s Corner’. He became only the second Jewish painter to be elected a Royal Academician.