Fedalma

  • George Fuller, Fedalma, 1883-1884, oil, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of John Gellatly, 1929.6.45

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This painting shows the heroine of George Eliot's poem The Spanish Gypsy. In the poem the gypsy Fedalma must choose between family duty and the prospect of a happy marriage with a wealthy duke ("Women in the Literary Marketplace," Cornell Univ. Library Web site). Fuller chose to show her holding a gold necklace, a gift from the duke that symbolized the splendor he could offer her.

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"Every picture should have an atmosphere of its own---to be a little world by itself, back and within the frame . . ." George Fuller, George Fuller Centennial Exhibition, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1923
Title
Fedalma
Artists
Date
1883-1884
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Dimensions
42 1/8 x 30 3/8 in. (107.0 x 77.0 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of John Gellatly

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Keywords
  • Figure female
  • Literature – Eliot – Spanish Gypsy
  • Ethnic – Gypsy
  • Ethnic – Spanish
Object Number
1929.6.45
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