Natalie at Ten (Q20486432)

Label from: English (en)

artist: Carolus-Duran (Q274901)
collection: Smithsonian American Art Museum (Q1192305)
location: Smithsonian American Art Museum (Q1192305)
material used: oil paint (Q296955) canvas (Q4259259)
depicts: woman (Q467)
instance of: painting (Q3305213)
Smithsonian American Art Museum ID: 3788

information from the Smithsonian American Art Museum catalog

description: This painting depicts Natalie Clifford Barney (1876-1972), the eldest daughter of Washington, D.C., socialite and painter Alice Pike Barney (1857-1931), who studied with the artist in Paris. Known for his realistic portraits, Carolus-Duran felt he could capture a sitter's character through his or her gestures and expression. Natalie's confident demeanor and inquisitive gaze, accentuated by her dark clothing, suggest her willful independence as a child. As an adult, Natalie hosted intellectual gatherings in her Paris home. She was one of the first openly lesbian modern writers and had a fifty-year relationship with artist Romaine Brooks.
keywords Portrait female – Barney, Natalie Clifford – child

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