Figure in Sunlight (Artist's Wife)

  • John Henry Twachtman, Figure in Sunlight (Artist's Wife), ca. 1890-1900, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of John Gellatly, 1929.6.137

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John Twachtman painted many portraits of his wife and children between 1889 and 1902. These were among the few figural works he made during a career devoted mostly to landscape painting. Twachtman did not believe in stiff, formal poses, and in this image he painted Martha seated comfortably in front of the family's small farmhouse.He had led a nomadic life before marrying and settling in Connecticut, and the soft,glowing colors of this scene convey the comfort of his new home and family.

Title
Figure in Sunlight (Artist's Wife)
Artist
Date
ca. 1890-1900
On View
Dimensions
26 1/8 x 21 1/4 in. (66.4 x 53.9 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of John Gellatly

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Highlights
Keywords
  • Architecture Exterior – domestic – house
  • Portrait female – Twachtman, Martha Scudder. – full length
Object Number
1929.6.137
Palette
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ca. 1890-1900
oil on canvas
ca. 1890-1900
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