Woman before the Mirror

A work made of oil on board.

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  • A work made of oil on board.

Date:

1925

Artist:

Ellen Emmet Rand
American, 1875–1941

About this artwork

Ellen Emmet Rand worked principally as a portraitist. Yet Woman before the Mirror is instead a dynamic figure study, showcasing her assured brushwork and vibrant palette. Executed in 1925, the painting demonstrates the artist’s interest in elements both old and new: The figure wears 19th-century dress, which Rand rendered in a painterly realism inspired by Spanish Baroque artist Diego Velázquez. The woman’s intense gaze in reflection, however, suggests an assertive self-presentation that is decidedly modern. A trailblazer herself, Rand trained at the Art Students League in New York and then with American sculptor and painter Frederick MacMonnies in Paris in the 1890s. She supported her family with her art from her student years onward, receiving considerable acclaim in her day as a female professional.

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American Art, Gallery 178

Artist

Ellen Emmet Rand

Title

Woman before the Mirror

Origin

United States

Date

1925

Medium

Oil on board

Inscriptions

Signed and dated, upper right: Ellen Emmet Rand / 1925

Dimensions

70.8 ✕ 54.6 cm (27 7/8 ✕ 21 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Mr. and Mrs. Frederick G. Wacker Jr. Endowment Fund

Reference Number

2019.711

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