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Panel for a Screen: Woman with a Deer

ca. 1876 Albert Pinkham Ryder Born: New Bedford, Massachusetts 1847 Died: New York, New York 1917 oil on gilded leather mounted on canvas 38 1/2 x 20 1/4 in. (97.7 x 51.4 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of John Gellatly 1929.6.106B Smithsonian American Art Museum
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During the 1870s and 1880s, Albert Pinkham Ryder became friends with the art dealer Daniel Cottier, who commissioned him to paint several leather panels as decorations for furniture. These three panels for a folding screen tell the story of Genevieve of Brabant, who was wrongfully expelled from her home and abandoned in a forest where her young child was nursed by a doe. Ryder frequently returned to the theme of naive innocence, to express his romantic view of women. A layer of gold underneath these images shines through the translucent colors to create a rich, luminous finish that evokes the artist’s idealism. (Broun, Albert Pinkham Ryder, 1989)

Keywords

Allegory

Animal - deer

Figure female - nude

Landscape

painting

paint - oil

animal parts - leather

About Albert Pinkham Ryder

Born: New Bedford, Massachusetts 1847 Died: New York, New York 1917

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