Chasseresse

  • Romaine Brooks, Chasseresse, 1920, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist, 1968.18.1

Exhibition Label

Brooks balanced the mythological and the sensual in this painting of a huntress. The crisp line and broad planes of the figure's strong profile and stance against a rugged landscape convey her power and authority. The heavy fur cloak slipping from her shoulder and her partially nude form create undercurrents of suggestive playfulness, as does the placement of the goat. Although the model has not been firmly identified, the huntress might depict artist and writer Elizabeth Eyre de Lanux, one of Natalie Barney's lovers during the 1920s.

The Art of Romaine Brooks, 2016

Title
Chasseresse
Artist
Date
1920
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
51 3/8 x 38 3/8 in. (130.5 x 97.5 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the artist

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Landscape – mountain
  • Animal – deer
  • Mythology – classical – Artemis
Object Number
1968.18.1
Palette
Linked Open Data
Linked Open Data URI

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