Panel for a Screen: Children Playing with a Rabbit

  • Albert Pinkham Ryder, Panel for a Screen: Children Playing with a Rabbit, ca. 1876, oil on gilded leather mounted on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of John Gellatly, 1929.6.106C

During the 1870s and 1880s, Albert Pinkham Ryder became friends with the art dealer Daniel Cottier, who commissioned him to paint several leather panels as decorations for furniture. These three panels for a folding screen tell the story of Genevieve of Brabant, who was wrongfully expelled from her home and abandoned in a forest where her young child was nursed by a doe. Ryder frequently returned to the theme of naïve innocence, to express his romantic view of women. A layer of gold underneath these images shines through the translucent colors to create a rich, luminous finish that evokes the artist’s idealism. (Broun, Albert Pinkham Ryder, 1989)

Panel for a Screen: Children Playing with a Rabbit
ca. 1876
38 1220 14 in. (97.751.4 cm.)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of John Gellatly

Mediums Description
oil on gilded leather mounted on canvas
  • Recreation – sport and play
  • Animal – rabbit
  • Children
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