Fedalma

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.

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
Artist
Date
1883-1884
Location
Dimensions
42 1830 38 in. (107.077.0 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of John Gellatly

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Literature – Eliot – Spanish Gypsy
  • Gypsy
  • Spanish
  • Figure female
Object Number
1929.6.45
Palette
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