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Richard E. Miller
The Necklace
about 1924
oil
30 1/4 x 28 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Bequest of Henry Ward Ranger through the National Academy of Design



Richard Miller remarked of his popular depictions of beautiful women in light-filled interiors: “Art's mission is not literary, the telling of a story, but decorative, the conveying of a pleasant optical sensation.” Each slat of the casually skewed Venetian blinds glows with a different color, revealing the artist's careful attention to the effects of light.