New England Hostess

  • Gerard Barry, New England Hostess, n.d., oil, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Laura Dreyfus Barney and Natalie Clifford Barney in memory of their mother, Alice Pike Barney, 1952.13.72

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William Gerard Barry painted many members of fashionable society after he arrived in America in 1888. Critics praised the young artist not only for his “rare knack of catching a likeness,” but also for his ability to convey a sitter's spirit (Chicago Daily Tribune,  June 1, 1890). Here, the lady's handsome features and vibrant green sash stand out against the creamy shades of her dress and the wall behind her. Her confident, appraising expression and relaxed arms suggest a woman who was very comfortable in her own skin.

Title
New England Hostess
Artists
Date
n.d.
On View
Dimensions
40 1/8 x 30 1/4 in. (101.9 x 76.9 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

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

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Keywords
  • Occupation – domestic – hostess
  • Portrait female – Barney, Alice Pike
  • Occupation – art – artist
Object Number
1952.13.72
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