The Silver Hand Glass

  • Kenyon Cox, The Silver Hand Glass, 1907, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Joan Armstrong Schmidt, 1992.4

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In 1891 a group of women protested several of Kenyon Cox's nude studies at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts annual show. Cox advocated the nude as an artistic subject but was often criticized because his nudes looked too familiar. For example, in this image the woman gazes into a nineteenth-century silver mirror, wears a fashionable pompadour hairstyle, and sits in a turn-of-the-century domestic interior with contemporary wallpaper. Cox based his treatment of the subject on classical and Renaissance models, but he was always mindful of keeping up with the times. He wanted his nudes to have "real flesh and bodily appearance" so they would appeal to modern tastes. (Morgan, Kenyon Cox, 1856-1919: A Life in American Art, 1994)

Title
The Silver Hand Glass
Artist
Date
1907
Location
Dimensions
24 1/8 x 20 in. (61.2 x 50.8 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Joan Armstrong Schmidt

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure female – nude
  • Object – furniture – mirror
Object Number
1992.4
Palette
Linked Open Data
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