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Natalie at Ten

1887 Emile Auguste Carolus-Duran Born: Lille, France 1838 Died: Paris, France 1917 oil on canvas 31 3/8 x 23 1/2 in. (79.7 x 59.7 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Laura Dreyfus Barney and Natalie Clifford Barney in memory of their mother, Alice Pike Barney 1972.181.2 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 9A


Luce Center Label

This painting depicts Natalie Clifford Barney (1876-1972), the eldest daughter of Washington, D.C., socialite and painter Alice Pike Barney (1857-1931), who studied with the artist in Paris. Known for his realistic portraits, Carolus-Duran felt he could capture a sitter's character through his or her gestures and expression. Natalie's confident demeanor and inquisitive gaze, accentuated by her dark clothing, suggest her willful independence as a child. As an adult, Natalie hosted intellectual gatherings in her Paris home. She was one of the first openly lesbian modern writers and had a fifty-year relationship with artist Romaine Brooks.

Keywords

Portrait female - Barney, Natalie Clifford - child

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About Emile Auguste Carolus-Duran

Born: Lille, France 1838 Died: Paris, France 1917

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