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May Flowers

1911 Louise Cox Born: San Francisco, California 1865 Died: Windham, Connecticut 1945 oil on canvas 24 1/8 x 20 1/8 in. (61.2 x 51.0 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of William T. Evans 1911.6.1 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 4A

Luce Center Label

This little girl, whose name was Mary, sits with her hands and knee pressed against the pillow, admiring the flowers. The loose brushwork and the informal pose enhance the casual feel of the portrait. Louise Cox was known for her images of children and her ability to work with young, fidgety sitters. In a letter to the buyer of this painting, Cox wrote, “I think the name ‘May Flowers’ would suit the little picture.”


Figure female - child - knee length

Object - flower

Object - other - linens


paint - oil

fabric - canvas