Although born in Pennsylvania, John White Alexander spent most of his life in Europe. He relocated to Munich in 1877 and learned the loose painting techniques of Realists like Diego Velázquez and Gustave Courbet. In 1891, Alexander moved to Paris where he was influenced by Art Nouveau and the Aesthetic Movement, which prized the aesthetics of form and design over narrative conventions. He would remain influenced by this decorative approach to art and become primarily known for his delicately painted portraits of wealthy women.
Place object was created: United States
oil paint, canvas
Measurements: height: 59 inches width: 39 inches smallest height: 56 inches smallest width: 36 inchesGift of Mr. Allan S. Weiss. 1977.91
Currently on view at Mint Museum UPTOWN