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Chasseresse

1920 Romaine Brooks Born: Rome, Italy 1874 Died: Nice, France 1970 oil on canvas 51 3/8 x 38 3/8 in. (130.5 x 97.5 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the artist 1968.18.1 Not currently on view


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Brooks balanced the mythological and the sensual in this painting of a huntress. The crisp line and broad planes of the figure's strong profile and stance against a rugged landscape convey her power and authority. The heavy fur cloak slipping from her shoulder and her partially nude form create undercurrents of suggestive playfulness, as does the placement of the goat. Although the model has not been firmly identified, the huntress might depict artist and writer Elizabeth Eyre de Lanux, one of Natalie Barney's lovers during the 1920s.

The Art of Romaine Brooks, 2016

Keywords

Animal - deer

Landscape - mountain

Mythology - classical - Artemis

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas