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Robert Reid
The White Parasol
about 1907
oil
36 x 30 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of William T. Evans



Robert Reid often used one dominant color in a painting, which he identified in its title. White symbolizes a pure, wholesome femininity, emphasized here by the strong sunlight it reflects. The woman's bouquet merges with the background, enveloping her in flowers, their colors muted pastel, suggesting a sweetly scented perfume.