Girl Arranging Her Hair (Q20505036)

Label from: English (en)

artist: Abbott Handerson Thayer (Q306759)
collection: Smithsonian American Art Museum (Q1192305)
location: Smithsonian American Art Museum (Q1192305)
country of origin: United States of America (Q30)
material used: oil paint (Q296955) canvas (Q4259259)
depicts: portrait (Q134307) woman (Q467)
instance of: painting (Q3305213)
Smithsonian American Art Museum ID: 23933

information from the Smithsonian American Art Museum catalog

description: Alma Wollerman Thayer was the wife of Abbott Thayer's son, Gerald, and mother of Thayer's grandchildren. She was one of his favorite models, and he spoke of his obsession with her sensual features. He created multiple versions of this composition, but claimed that he had never painted anything to compare with this Botticelli-like Alma head (Prelinger, American Impressionism: Treasures from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2000).
keywords Recreation – leisure – grooming Portrait female – Thayer, Gerald, Mrs. – waist length

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