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Her Leisure Hour

ca. 1925 Irving R. Wiles Born: Utica, New York 1861 Died: Peconic, New York 1948 oil on canvas 27 1/4 x 22 1/2 in. (69.2 x 57.1 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of John Gellatly 1929.6.160 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 29B


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Irving Wiles painted many portraits of society women that emphasized their elaborate costumes and jewelry. One writer for Scribner's Magazine commented that Wiles painted women's ribbons, veils, and laces with "as much character as he puts in the expression of their faces." But in Her Leisure Hour, the girl's unhappy expression is at odds with her luxurious surroundings, as if she could find no interest in any of the books behind her, and took no pleasure in her elegant clothes.

Keywords

Architecture Interior - domestic - library

Figure female - full length

Recreation - leisure

State of being - mood - meditation

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About Irving R. Wiles

Born: Utica, New York 1861 Died: Peconic, New York 1948

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