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Date
2003
Period
21st century
Media
Oil on canvas
Measurements
38 x 29 inches (unframed)
40 5/8 x 31 7/16 x 2 5/16 inches (framed)
Classification
Subject Category
Figure
Chair/Furniture
Credit Line
Gift of the Alex Katz Foundation, 2005.34
Accession No
2005.34
Context
The nude has been a constant subject in Pearlstein’s art since the 1960s, influenced by his study of Renaissance and Baroque European art. He departs from this European tradition, however, by refusing to render his figures as examples of idealized beauty. The woman here, a frequent model for the artist, looks downward with the back of her hand to her mouth, seemingly engaged in deep retrospection and oblivious of the artist’s – or the viewer’s – presence.

Featured in “Maine and American Art: Farnsworth Art Museum” with thanks to the Henry Luce Foundation and Wyeth Foundation for American Art.

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