National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of Woman with a Red Zinnia Mary Cassatt (artist)
American, 1844 - 1926
Woman with a Red Zinnia, 1891
oil on canvas
overall: 73.6 x 60.3 cm (29 x 23 3/4 in.) framed: 87.9 x 76.2 cm (34 5/8 x 30 in.)
Chester Dale Collection
1963.10.99
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From the Tour: Mary Cassatt — Selected Paintings
Object 8 of 10

The model in Woman with a Red Zinnia is an example of the type of figure who often appears in Cassatt's works; she is plain and sturdy, rather than glamorous or idealized. Cassatt often painted the local women who lived near her in the country, dressing them in clothes she bought in Paris.

Woman with a Red Zinnia, which was exhibited at least once with the title Reverie, follows a Victorian tradition of depicting women in a dreamlike state. The artist's frank representation focuses attention on the sitter's contemplative mood.

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