This is a portrait of the wife of Kenyon Cox’s friend the painter Lowell Dyer. In 1880, Cox exhibited the painting in Philadelphia, and also entered it in a Paris show under the French title Dame en noir. This masterful portrait sketch focuses our eyes on Mrs. Dyer’s spirited expression and tilt of the head. Cox’s fast brushwork gives the lavish hat ribbons tied at her neck the same exuberance as his sitter’s personality.
A Lady in Black
Copied Kenyon Cox, A Lady in Black, 1880, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Bequest of Allyn Cox, 1983.31.4
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