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The White Parasol

ca. 1907 Robert Reid Born: Stockbridge, Massachusetts 1862 Died: Clifton Springs, New York 1929 oil on canvas 36 x 30 in. (91.4 x 76.2 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of William T. Evans 1909.7.57 Smithsonian American Art Museum
2nd Floor, East Wing


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This painting shows Robert Reid’s young wife, Elizabeth Reeves, in the year of their wedding. Reid painted Elizabeth in a white gown surrounded by many different colored flowers to emphasize her flawless porcelain skin. Their marriage lasted only a few years, and here the delicate colors and idealized setting suggest the optimism of young love. Reid's many paintings of girls immersed in nature emphasize the fragility and beauty of women, as if he equated them with the flowers, trees, and clouds.

Keywords

Dress - accessory - umbrella

Figure female - knee length

Landscape - garden

Object - flower

Occupation - domestic - gathering

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About Robert Reid

Born: Stockbridge, Massachusetts 1862 Died: Clifton Springs, New York 1929

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