Inner Ardor under Fierce ControlBelow the sofa line, powerful shapes of black ball gown and restless pillow patterns contend for dominance in a deeper, churning space. These forces are barely held in check by tightly locked hands and arms. They are symbolically vanquished by a Renaissance jewel. One pillow is pinned by an elbow, creating a "bull's-eye" and a ripple effect in the pattern. Sleeve puffs threaten to escape into the upper register.
William Kloss best captured these tensions when he wrote of the young woman's "inner ardor under fierce control
her strength of purpose and nervous strain."
Elizabeth Winthrop Chanler