Dame en Deuil

  • Romaine Brooks, Dame en Deuil, ca. 1910, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist, 1966.49.2

Exhibition Label

This unfinished painting resulted when a seamstress Brooks had hired unexpectedly arrived in full mourning attire. The juxtaposition of the sitter's solemnity and Brooks's rapidly applied brushwork over an acidic green foundation imparts a sense of introspection and reflection. When the woman later returned in her best outfit, Brooks abandoned the painting.

The Art of Romaine Brooks, 2016

Title
Dame en Deuil
Artist
Date
ca. 1910
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
36 1/8 x 24 1/8 in. (91.8 x 61.3 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the artist

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait female – unidentified – waist length
  • State of being – emotion – sorrow
Object Number
1966.49.2
Palette
Linked Open Data
Linked Open Data URI

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