Mother (Annie Williams Gandy)

  • Thomas Eakins, Mother (Annie Williams Gandy), ca. 1903, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Bequest of Mrs. Lucy G. Rodman through her sister Miss Helen W. Gandy, 1961.11.12

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Annie Williams Gandy, affectionately nicknamed “Mother,” was a close friend of Thomas Eakins and his wife. One critic noted Eakins’s ability to capture an expression in which “mere thinking is portrayed without the aid of gesture or attitude.” (Simpson, “The 1880s,” Thomas Eakins, 2002) Here, Eakins enlists the viewer in an intimate, pensive moment, portraying Annie in a morning coat and braids to suggest that she has just risen from bed. While the subject of women lost in reverie was fashionable at the turn of the twentieth century, most artists chose to idealize their sitters. Eakins, on the other hand, did not disguise their blemishes and “worry lines,” and many people considered his portraits to be unflattering. (Perry, Women on the Verge: The Culture of Neurasthenia in Nineteenth-century America, 2004)

Title
Mother (Annie Williams Gandy)
Artist
Date
ca. 1903
On View
Dimensions
24 x 20 in. (61.0 x 50.8 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Bequest of Mrs. Lucy G. Rodman through her sister Miss Helen W. Gandy

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait female – Gandy, Annie Williams – bust
Object Number
1961.11.12
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