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Half-Draped Figure
ca. 1885
oil
181.3 x 121.3 cm
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of John Gellatly



Like many artists trained in the tradition of the French school, Thayer used the nude figure to evoke the golden age of the classical past. Here, the brushed-in beginnings of a lyre suggest that the figure is Erato, the muse of lyric poetry.