Le Trajet

  • Romaine Brooks, Le Trajet, ca. 1911, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist, 1968.18.3

Exhibition Label

Le Trajet, Brooks's nude study of Ida Rubinstein, is a candid image of female sensuality charged by the women's own relationship. Rubinstein's pale, languid form floats, buoyed on a winglike shape in an inky void, creating a visionary, dreamlike space of eroticism and reverie. Symbolic associations between sex and death were common in European art of the time; the title suggests a meditation on transitions: from passion to relaxation, wakefulness to sleep, and life to death.

The Art of Romaine Brooks, 2016

Title
Le Trajet
Artist
Date
ca. 1911
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
45 3/8 x 75 3/8 in. (115.2 x 191.4 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the artist

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • State of being – death
  • Figure female – full length
Object Number
1968.18.3
Palette
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