Girl Writing

Edmund Charles Tarbell, American, 1862 - 1938

Made in United States, North and Central America


Oil on canvas

32 7/16 x 36 1/2 inches (82.4 x 92.7 cm) Framed: 41 × 44 3/4 × 3 7/8 inches (104.1 × 113.7 × 9.8 cm)

Curatorial Department:
American Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
The Alex Simpson, Jr., Collection, 1944

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Edmund Tarbell trained in Europe in the 1880s, later exchanging his academic style for a more Impressionistic mode. He is well known for his plein air (painted out in nature) landscapes and quiet interiors depicting ladies at leisure. The artist's compositions of the twentieth century reveal the strong influence of seventeenth-century Dutch masters like Jan Vermeer, whose interiors capture similar moments of calm domesticity. In this intimate scene, the artist's daughter glances up from her writing, her gaze engaging the viewer. This fashionable figure in modern attire is a striking contrast to the Colonial Revival furniture that surrounds her.