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The Silver Hand Glass

1907 Kenyon Cox Born: Warren, Ohio 1856 Died: New York, New York 1919 oil on canvas 24 1/8 x 20 in. (61.2 x 50.8 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Joan Armstrong Schmidt 1992.4 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 8A


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In 1891 a group of women protested several of Kenyon Cox's nude studies at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts annual show. Cox advocated the nude as an artistic subject but was often criticized because his nudes looked too familiar. For example, in this image the woman gazes into a nineteenth-century silver mirror, wears a fashionable pompadour hairstyle, and sits in a turn-of-the-century domestic interior with contemporary wallpaper. Cox based his treatment of the subject on classical and Renaissance models, but he was always mindful of keeping up with the times. He wanted his nudes to have "real flesh and bodily appearance" so they would appeal to modern tastes. (Morgan, Kenyon Cox, 1856-1919: A Life in American Art, 1994)

Keywords

Figure female - knee length

Figure female - nude

Object - furniture - mirror

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas