Study for Drapery of "Pursuit of the Ideal"
Born: Warren, Ohio 1856
Died: New York, New York 1919
oil on canvas 18 1/4 x 14 7/8 in. (46.4 x 37.8 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Ambrose Lansing
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 8A
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Kenyon Cox was known for his masterful execution of paintings and public murals. He meticulously planned every detail of a work and created several sketches and studies before its final execution. Study for Drapery of "Pursuit of the Ideal" illustrates one of the numerous steps in his artistic process. The white drapery covers the lower half of a barely sketched woman. The dramatic folds in the fabric help show the contours of the figure, for which Cox would have created separate studies. The final painting of Pursuit of the Ideal was part of United States' fine arts exhibit at the Paris Exposition in 1900.
paint - oil
fabric - canvas
About Kenyon Cox
Born: Warren, Ohio 1856 Died: New York, New York 1919