Mrs. William T. Evans and Her Son (Q20524307)

Label from: English (en)

genre: group portrait (Q1551015)
artist: Henry Oliver Walker (Q5726507)
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: woman (Q467) child (Q7569) portrait (Q134307) sitting (Q1144593)
instance of: painting (Q3305213)
Google Arts & Culture asset ID: vwEGIfRo7NTnqQ
Smithsonian American Art Museum ID: 26617

information from the Smithsonian American Art Museum catalog

description: This painting shows the wife and son of William Thomas Evans, a businessman and art collector who donated a large number of paintings to this museum in 1915. Henry Oliver Walker chose to portray Mrs. Evans reading a book to her son, emphasizing that she was raising the child with a classical education in literature. Light bounces off the ornate tabernacle frame, drawing us into the image and bringing out the lighter shades of paint in the figures' faces. The floral pattern in the gilded surround mimics the lively brushstrokes in the background, while the scrolls at the top echo the design of the armrest, strengthening the relationship between the image and its frame.
keywords Portrait group – family – mother and child

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