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Bessie Potter Vonnoh
In Arcadia
about 1926
bronze on marble base
12 7/8 x 28 7/8 x 6 5/8 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum



Arcadia, the mythological land of perennial perfection, was a dream world sought by many in the often coarse and materialistic Gilded Age. Vonnoh's speciality was small sculpture, intimate and intended for contemplation in the home. Critics described her work as attaining “grace, distinction, and simple beauty.”