Portrait of a Woman (Miss Gertrude Bloede)

  • Abbott Handerson Thayer, Portrait of a Woman (Miss Gertrude Bloede), ca. 1881, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of John Gellatly, 1929.6.125

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Gertrude Bloede was the sister of Abbott Thayer’s first wife, Kate. The Bloedes were German immigrants who lived in Brooklyn and regularly entertained a circle of intellectuals. Both daughters were highly creative and independent: Kate was an artist, and Gertrude was a noted writer who published her romantic poetry under the pseudonym Stuart Sterne. In this portrait sketch, Thayer gave his sister-in-law a faraway look, as though she were lost in thought, perhaps composing a poem.

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“About her head or floating feet/No halo’s starry gleam/Still dark and swift uprising, like/A bubble in a stream.” Stuart Sterne, “My Father’s Child,” reprinted in Stedman, ed., An American Anthology, 1787–1900, 1900

Portrait of a Woman (Miss Gertrude Bloede)
ca. 1881
On View
16 5/8 x 14 in. (42.2 x 35.7 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of John Gellatly

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oil on canvas
  • Portrait female – Bloede, Gertrude, Miss – bust
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