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Lydia Field Emmet : Portrait of a Girl
Lydia Field Emmet (Portrait of a Girl)

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Artist: Lydia Field Emmet
Title: Portrait of a Girl
Media: Oil on canvas, 33 1/2 x 41 1/2 inches
Description: Signed at upper right: “Lydia Field Emmet”
Note: This painting retains what appears to be its original frame.

By means of a bravura technique for which several of her teachers, especially Chase, were also noted, Emmet attempted to create a feeling of spontaneity in her portraits that would give lively expression to her sitters’ personalities. As her niece Lydia Sherwood McClean would recall, the artist often remarked that a sitter “has such a bright little expression, if I can only catch it.” McClean also noted that “The sisters shared the same love of beauty, the same delight in humor and absurdity, the same affection and sympathy for children and young people (whom they treated completely as equals).”1

Note
1. Quoted in McClean’s preface to Martha J. Hoppin, The Emmets: A Family of Women Painters (Pittsfield, Mass.: The Berkshire Museum, 1982), pp. 9-10.

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Price: Price upon request
Inventory: RS 5555
  
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