The Necklace

  • Alice Pike Barney, The Necklace, 1898, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Laura Dreyfus Barney and Natalie Clifford Barney in memory of their mother, Alice Pike Barney, 1951.14.77

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Alice Pike Barney studied in Paris with portrait painter Emile Auguste Carolus-Duran, who believed that a sitter's outward appearance reflected his or her inner character. The Necklace, which was probably a self-portrait, shows a self-assured woman with a gold necklace. Her direct gaze and the portrait's dramatic lighting lend her an almost haughty air, hinting at Barney's independent and somewhat rebellious character.

Title
The Necklace
Artist
Date
1898
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
18 3/8 x 16 1/8 in. (46.6 x 41.1 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Laura Dreyfus Barney and Natalie Clifford Barney in memory of their mother, Alice Pike Barney

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Dress – accessory – jewelry
  • Occupation – art – artist
  • Portrait female – Barney, Laura Dreyfus
Object Number
1951.14.77
Palette
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