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Figure with Guitar II

1914 Henry Fitch Taylor Born: Cincinnati, Ohio 1853 Died: Plainfield, New Hampshire 1925 oil on canvas 35 x 24 in. (88.9 x 61.0 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase made possible by Mary Houston Eddy and Mrs. Marshall Langhorne 1988.6 Not currently on view


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The woman in this painting is barely visible through the intersecting planes of color and texture, and the curves of her body echo the rounded shapes of the guitar and apple. Henry Fitch Taylor divided the image into geometric shapes that resemble pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, each showing a different part of the woman’s body. The sharp angles and pillarlike shapes suggest a cityscape, as if she is surrounded by tall buildings.

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Object - musical instrument - guitar

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paint - oil

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About Henry Fitch Taylor

Born: Cincinnati, Ohio 1853 Died: Plainfield, New Hampshire 1925