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Woman with Cockatoo

ca. 1895-1917 Peter Oliver Foss Born: Norway 1865 Died: Randolph, Massachusetts 1932 oil on canvas 28 1/8 x 24 1/8 in. (71.3 x 61.3 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson 1986.65.112 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 24A


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Peter Oliver Foss painted a woman in extravagant surroundings to evoke wealth and luxury, but the uncaged bird and spilled fruit suggest that she might want to break free of her constricted world. Rich tones of red and gold paint fill the canvas, highlighting the figure’s elaborate gown and the exotic splendor of her “gilded cage.”

Keywords

Animal - bird - cockatoo

Figure female

Figure(s) in interior - domestic

painting

folk art

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About Peter Oliver Foss

Born: Norway 1865 Died: Randolph, Massachusetts 1932