Image: 12.6 x 9.5 cm (4 15/16 x 3 3/4 in.); Paper: 12.6 x 9.5 cm (4 15/16 x 3 3/4 in.); Primary mount: 14.2 x 10.5 cm (5 9/16 x 4 1/8 in.); Secondary mount: 23 x 18 cm (9 1/16 x 7 1/16 in.)
Gift of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg 2022.115
Gertrude Käsebier was one of the most revered artistic portraitists of her day.
This bust-length portrait of Honoré Willsie Morrow demonstrates how Käsebier brought an artistic attitude to even straightforward commercial portrait commissions. Morrow (1880–1940) was a successful author of fiction and nonfiction and a magazine editor. Käsebier’s portrait, while appropriately demure, nonetheless conveys the sitter’s intelligence, energy, and directness, enlivening a formulaic composition through pose, framing, and highlighting.
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