Echo

  • Kenyon Cox, Echo, 1892, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Ambrose Lansing, 1983.114.1

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Kenyon Cox’s image of the classical nymph Echo is from a series of poetic paintings set in the green fields of New Hampshire. Although Renaissance nudes inspired these paintings, Cox updated his versions of the theme. Here, for example, he did not smooth the model’s dimpled flesh or frizzy hair, making her more natural and less idealized. The female nude was Cox’s favorite subject, despite his mother’s objections. When she complained to him that such paintings were “not pleasing,” he responded adamantly: “It is just such a feeling that makes great art impossible in this country . . .

Title
Echo
Artist
Date
1892
On View
Dimensions
35 3/4 x 29 3/4 in. (90.8 x 75.7 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. Ambrose Lansing

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure female – full length
  • Allegory
  • Figure female – nude
  • Mythology – classical – nymph
  • Mythology – classical – Echo
  • Landscape
Object Number
1983.114.1
Palette
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