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Figure in Sunlight (Artist's Wife)

ca. 1890-1900 John Henry Twachtman Born: Cincinnati, Ohio 1853 Died: Gloucester, Massachusetts 1902 oil on canvas 26 1/8 x 21 1/4 in. (66.4 x 53.9 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of John Gellatly 1929.6.137 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 29A


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John Twachtman painted many portraits of his wife and children between 1889 and 1902. These were among the few figural works he made during a career devoted mostly to landscape painting. Twachtman did not believe in stiff, formal poses, and in this image he painted Martha seated comfortably in front of the family's small farmhouse.He had led a nomadic life before marrying and settling in Connecticut, and the soft,glowing colors of this scene convey the comfort of his new home and family. The blurred outlines and rich yellows and greens of the background evoke the warm, hazy atmosphere of a summer day.

Keywords

Architecture Exterior - domestic - house

Portrait female - Twachtman, Martha Scudder. - full length

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About John Henry Twachtman

Born: Cincinnati, Ohio 1853 Died: Gloucester, Massachusetts 1902

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