Her Leisure Hour

  • Irving R. Wiles, Her Leisure Hour, ca. 1925, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of John Gellatly, 1929.6.160

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Irving Wiles painted many portraits of society women that emphasized their elaborate costumes and jewelry. One writer for Scribner's Magazine commented that Wiles painted women's ribbons, veils, and laces with "as much character as he puts in the expression of their faces." But in Her Leisure Hour, the girl's unhappy expression is at odds with her luxurious surroundings, as if she could find no interest in any of the books behind her, and took no pleasure in her elegant clothes.

Title
Her Leisure Hour
Artist
Date
ca. 1925
On View
Dimensions
27 1/4 x 22 1/2 in. (69.2 x 57.1 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of John Gellatly

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure female – full length
  • Recreation – leisure
  • State of being – mood – meditation
  • Architecture Interior – domestic – library
Object Number
1929.6.160
Palette
Emoji
Linked Open Data
Linked Open Data URI

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