Winged Figure

A work made of oil on canvas.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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Date:

1889

Artist:

Abbott Handerson Thayer
American, 1849–1921

About this artwork

This female angel is one of many that Abbott Handerson Thayer painted during his career. Originally a painter of animals, Thayer created portraits and then allegorical figures like this example after training in Paris. The artist wrote of his seraphic subjects, “I have put on wings probably more to symbolize an exalted atmosphere . . . where one need not explain the action of his figures.” Other late 19th-century artists such as Augustus Saint-Gaudens also represented angelic female figures to personify what they perceived as the virtues of women. In Winged Figure, Thayer mixed this idealism with a level of naturalism, particularizing the woman’s features and giving her form a sense of mass and gravity.

On View

American Art, Gallery 161

Artist

Abbott Handerson Thayer

Title

Winged Figure

Origin

United States

Date

1889

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Signed in lower right: "Abbott H. Thayer/ 1889"

Dimensions

130.8 × 95.9 cm (51 1/2 × 37 3/4 in.)

Credit Line

Simeon B. Williams Fund

Reference Number

1947.32

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