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Drawing on Door

1887 A. Kinder or Rinder oil on canvas 24 1/2 x 20 1/4 in. (62.2 x 51.3 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Laura Dreyfus Barney and Natalie Clifford Barney in memory of their mother, Alice Pike Barney 1952.13.82 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 10B


Luce Center Label

Drawing on Door captures a flirtatious encounter between a young man and woman. The peaceful setting, traditional clothing, and woman's tender skepticism impart a sentimental tone on the painting. Genre paintings that show scenes of everyday life have been a popular subject throughout history. They were especially fashionable around the time of the Industrial Revolution because they presented a romantic view of the past during a time of rapid change.

Keywords

Architecture Exterior - detail - door

Architecture Exterior - domestic

Ethnic - German

Figure(s) in exterior - domestic

Occupation - art - artist

Recreation - courting

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas