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Portrait of a Woman (Miss Gertrude Bloede)

ca. 1881 Abbott Handerson Thayer Born: Boston, Massachusetts 1849 Died: Dublin, New Hampshire 1921 oil on canvas 16 5/8 x 14 in. (42.2 x 35.7 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of John Gellatly 1929.6.125 Smithsonian American Art Museum
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“About her head or floating feet/No halo’s starry gleam/Still dark and swift uprising, like/A bubble in a stream.” Stuart Sterne, “My Father’s Child,” reprinted in Stedman, ed., An American Anthology, 1787–1900, 1900

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Gertrude Bloede was the sister of Abbott Thayer’s first wife, Kate. The Bloedes were German immigrants who lived in Brooklyn and regularly entertained a circle of intellectuals. Both daughters were highly creative and independent: Kate was an artist, and Gertrude was a noted writer who published her romantic poetry under the pseudonym Stuart Sterne. In this portrait sketch, Thayer gave his sister-in-law a faraway look, as though she were lost in thought, perhaps composing a poem.


Portrait female - Bloede, Gertrude, Miss - bust


paint - oil

fabric - canvas