Boudoir, Chateau de Chaalis

  • Walter Gay, Boudoir, Chateau de Chaalis, 1914, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Harper Fletcher in memory of Mr. and Mrs. James Wolcott Wadsworth, 1971.284

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This château was once the home of an aristocrat who left it to the French Institute in Paris as a museum with all the art objects and furnishings intact. In 1914, its curator invited Walter Gay to visit and allowed him to paint this opulent chamber. A contemporary critic praised Gay’s paintings, saying that “the personality of the people who live in these chateaux has also been suggested and indicated in an extraordinary manner; we can feel their presence.” (Reynolds, “The Spirit of Empty Rooms: Walter Gay’s Paintings of Interiors,” The Magazine Antiques, March 1990)

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“I have just returned from Chaalis [sic], dead tired but happy, having accomplished in the two days that I [stayed] there as much as I would ordinarily do in as many weeks [and] I have brought back a picture which is one of my best.” Walter Gay, 1914, Gay Papers, quoted in Walter Gay: A Retrospective, Grey Art Gallery and Study Center, New York, 1980

Boudoir, Chateau de Chaalis
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25 1/2 x 21 1/4 in. (64.9 x 53.9 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. Harper Fletcher in memory of Mr. and Mrs. James Wolcott Wadsworth

  • Object – furniture – couch
  • Object – furniture – table
  • Architecture Interior – domestic – bedroom
  • Object – art object – painting
  • Object – furniture – chair
  • Architecture Interior – castle – Chateau de Chaalis
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