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The Necklace

1898 Alice Pike Barney Born: Cincinnati, Ohio 1857 Died: Los Angeles, California 1931 oil on canvas 18 3/8 x 16 1/8 in. (46.6 x 41.1 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Laura Dreyfus Barney and Natalie Clifford Barney in memory of their mother, Alice Pike Barney 1951.14.77 Not currently on view

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The Necklace
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Alice Pike Barney studied in Paris with portrait painter Emile Auguste Carolus-Duran, who believed that a sitter's outward appearance reflected his or her inner character. The Necklace, which was probably a self-portrait, shows a self-assured woman with a gold necklace. Her direct gaze and the portrait's dramatic lighting lend her an almost haughty air, hinting at Barney's independent and somewhat rebellious character.


Dress - accessory - jewelry

Occupation - art - artist

Portrait female - Barney, Laura Dreyfus


paint - oil

fabric - canvas