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Girl Arranging Her Hair

1918-1919 Abbott Handerson Thayer Born: Boston, Massachusetts 1849 Died: Dublin, New Hampshire 1921 oil on canvas 25 5/8 x 24 1/4 in. (65.1 x 61.5 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of John Gellatly 1929.6.117 Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Alma Wollerman Thayer was the wife of Abbott Thayer's son, Gerald, and mother of Thayer's grandchildren. She was one of his favorite models, and he spoke of his obsession with her sensual features. He created multiple versions of this composition, but claimed that he had never painted anything to compare with this Botticelli-like Alma head (Prelinger, American Impressionism: Treasures from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2000).

Keywords

Portrait female - Thayer, Gerald, Mrs. - waist length

Recreation - leisure - grooming

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas