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Sketch of a Seated Woman

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Sketch of a Seated Woman

Artist: Philip Leslie Hale (American, 1865 - 1931)

Date: c. 1900
Medium: Graphite on thin tan wove paper
Overall: 10 1/2 × 8in. (26.7 × 20.3cm)
Markings: Watermakr: "...Ston Mills"
Inscribed: Recto, on lower right corner [date?]
Credit Line: Museum Purchase
Object number: 2004.21
Label Text
Hale specialized in decorative impressionist-inspired landscapes and pictures of women. During the 1880s and 1890s he studied in Paris and was closely acquainted with Claude Monet (1840-1926) in Giverny. This rapidly executed sketch of a woman in a long dress was probably made sometime after Hale's return to the United States in 1895. The drawing is noteworthy for the spontaneity and expressive freedom with which Hale blocked out the details of her costume and her artful pose. In 1916 he received the National Academy of Design's portrait prize, an award that was endowed by Thomas and Maria Proctor, two of the Institute's founders.

February 2006

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