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Fedalma

1883-1884 George Fuller Born: Deerfield, Massachusetts 1822 Died: Brookline, Massachusetts 1884 oil on canvas 42 1/8 x 30 3/8 in. (107.0 x 77.0 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of John Gellatly 1929.6.45 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 10B


Luce Center Quote

"Every picture should have an atmosphere of its own---to be a little world by itself, back and within the frame . . ." George Fuller, George Fuller Centennial Exhibition, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1923

Luce Center Label

This painting shows the heroine of George Eliot's poem The Spanish Gypsy. In the poem the gypsy Fedalma must choose between family duty and the prospect of a happy marriage with a wealthy duke ("Women in the Literary Marketplace," Cornell Univ. Library Web site). Fuller chose to show her holding a gold necklace, a gift from the duke that symbolized the splendor he could offer her.

Keywords

Ethnic - Gypsy

Ethnic - Spanish

Figure female

Literature - Eliot - Spanish Gypsy

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About George Fuller

Born: Deerfield, Massachusetts 1822 Died: Brookline, Massachusetts 1884

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