Le Trajet

  • Romaine Brooks, Le Trajet, ca. 1911, oil, 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
Artists
Date
ca. 1911
On View
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
Classifications
Keywords
  • Allegory – death
  • Figure female – full length
  • State of being – death
Object Number
1968.18.3
Palette
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