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A Lady in Black

1880 Kenyon Cox Born: Warren, Ohio 1856 Died: New York, New York 1919 oil on canvas 20 3/4 x 12 7/8 in. (52.7 x 32.7 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Bequest of Allyn Cox 1983.31.4 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 2A

Luce Center Label

This is a portrait of the wife of Kenyon Cox’s friend the painter Lowell Dyer. In 1880, Cox exhibited the painting in Philadelphia, and also entered it in a Paris show under the French title Dame en noir. This masterful portrait sketch focuses our eyes on Mrs. Dyer’s spirited expression and tilt of the head. Cox’s fast brushwork gives the lavish hat ribbons tied at her neck the same exuberance as his sitter’s personality.


Figure female


paint - oil

fabric - canvas