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The Charwoman

1904 Romaine Brooks Born: Rome, Italy 1874 Died: Nice, France 1970 oil on canvas 30 3/8 x 40 1/2 in. (77.1 x 102.9 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the artist 1968.18.14 Not currently on view

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Like many of Brooks's early paintings, The Charwoman focuses on the woman's feminine costume. The use of softly modulated grays and subtly layered paint contrasts with the linear angles and cramped placement of the figure near an open window. The heavy atmospheric mood tinged with melancholy suggests, but doesn't reveal, this woman's internal reverie.

The Art of Romaine Brooks, 2016


Cityscape - wharf

Portrait female - unidentified - waist length

Waterscape - harbor


paint - oil

fabric - canvas