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New England Hostess

n.d. Gerard Barry Born: Carrigtwohill, Ireland 1864 Died: Saint-Jean-de-Luz, France 1941 oil on canvas 40 1/8 x 30 1/4 in. (101.9 x 76.9 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Laura Dreyfus Barney and Natalie Clifford Barney in memory of their mother, Alice Pike Barney 1952.13.72 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 29A


Luce Center Label

William Gerard Barry painted many members of fashionable society after he arrived in America in 1888. Critics praised the young artist not only for his “rare knack of catching a likeness,” but also for his ability to convey a sitter's spirit (Chicago Daily Tribune,  June 1, 1890). Here, the lady's handsome features and vibrant green sash stand out against the creamy shades of her dress and the wall behind her. Her confident, appraising expression and relaxed arms suggest a woman who was very comfortable in her own skin.

Keywords

Occupation - art - artist

Occupation - domestic - hostess

Portrait female - Barney, Alice Pike

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About Gerard Barry

Born: Carrigtwohill, Ireland 1864 Died: Saint-Jean-de-Luz, France 1941