Elizabeth Nourse Portrait Oil Painting of a Young Lady in Bonnet, Circa 1894
Elizabeth Nourse (Cincinnati, Oho, 1859-1938)
Untitled (girl in bonnet, most likely from Bretagne, France), circa 1894
Oil painting on canvas
Signed to the lower right
Born in Cincinnati, Elizabeth Nourse had an interest and natural talent in art at a young age. She began her formal studies at the McMicken School of Design (now the Art Academy of Cincinnati) where she excelled to the point of being one of the few chosen women to attend life drawing classes with live models taught by Thomas Noble. After studying at the Academy for seven years, she relocated to New York and attended classes at the Art Students League. In 1887, Nourse traveled to Paris where she furthered her education at the Academie Julian under the tutelage of Gustave Boulanger and Jules Lefebvre. Significantly, she was the first American woman (and the second woman overall) instated as a member of the Societe Nationale des Artistes Francais. She continued to travel and paint throughout Europe, Russia, and North Africa, and became known for her portraits and rural landscapes. Her work has been featured in numerous institutions including the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Musee du Luxembourg, and the Cincinnati Art Museum, among others.
- wear, scratches, dents, chipping, and accretions to frame; in-painting; shallow dent to face; canvas patches present; craquelure; stretcher marks; dust and debris.
- measures frame; sight measures 14.5" W x 17.5" H.