The White Parasol

  • Robert Reid, The White Parasol, ca. 1907, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of William T. Evans, 1909.7.57

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This painting shows Robert Reid’s young wife, Elizabeth Reeves, in the year of their wedding. Reid painted Elizabeth in a white gown surrounded by many different colored flowers to emphasize her flawless porcelain skin. Their marriage lasted only a few years, and here the delicate colors and idealized setting suggest the optimism of young love. Reid's many paintings of girls immersed in nature emphasize the fragility and beauty of women, as if he equated them with the flowers, trees, and clouds.

Title
The White Parasol
Artist
Date
ca. 1907
On View
Dimensions
36 x 30 in. (91.4 x 76.2 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of William T. Evans

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure female – knee length
  • Occupation – domestic – gathering
  • Dress – accessory – umbrella
  • Landscape – garden
  • Object – flower
Object Number
1909.7.57
Palette
Emoji
Linked Open Data
Linked Open Data URI

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ca. 1910
oil on canvas
ca. 1910
oil on canvas
n.d.
oil on canvas

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