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Le Trajet

ca. 1911 Romaine Brooks Born: Rome, Italy 1874 Died: Nice, France 1970 oil on canvas 45 3/8 x 75 3/8 in. (115.2 x 191.4 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the artist 1968.18.3 Not currently on view


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Le Trajet, Brooks's nude study of Ida Rubinstein, is a candid image of female sensuality charged by the women's own relationship. Rubinstein's pale, languid form floats, buoyed on a winglike shape in an inky void, creating a visionary, dreamlike space of eroticism and reverie. Symbolic associations between sex and death were common in European art of the time; the title suggests a meditation on transitions: from passion to relaxation, wakefulness to sleep, and life to death.

The Art of Romaine Brooks, 2016

Keywords

Allegory - death

Figure female - full length

State of being - death

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas