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Dame en Deuil

ca. 1910 Romaine Brooks Born: Rome, Italy 1874 Died: Nice, France 1970 oil on canvas 36 1/8 x 24 1/8 in. (91.8 x 61.3 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the artist 1966.49.2 Not currently on view

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This unfinished painting resulted when a seamstress Brooks had hired unexpectedly arrived in full mourning attire. The juxtaposition of the sitter's solemnity and Brooks's rapidly applied brushwork over an acidic green foundation imparts a sense of introspection and reflection. When the woman later returned in her best outfit, Brooks abandoned the painting.

The Art of Romaine Brooks, 2016


Portrait female - unidentified - waist length

State of being - emotion - sorrow


paint - oil

fabric - canvas