Nouvart Dzeron, A Daughter of Armenia

A work made of oil on canvas.

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Date:

1912

Artist:

Ralph Elmer Clarkson
American, 1861–1942

About this artwork

Portrait painter Ralph Elmer Clarkson was an important member of Chicago’s artistic community, establishing a studio in the city in 1896 and teaching at the School of the Art Institute, among other activities. A student of Clarkson’s, Nouvart Dzeron posed for the artist in traditional Armenian dress supplied for the sitting by her grandfather. Clarkson highlighted the rich blue and gold of the garments by positioning Dzeron against an unadorned background with strong lighting reminiscent of Spanish master Diego Velázquez and French realist Édouard Manet. The perceived exoticism of Eastern subjects had long attracted artists, particularly in the nineteenth century, when Clarkson had trained abroad.

On View

American Art, Gallery 161

Artist

Ralph Elmer Clarkson

Title

Nouvart Dzeron, A Daughter of Armenia

Origin

United States

Date

1912

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Sig: Ralph Clarkson, 1912

Dimensions

203.2 × 101.6 cm (80 × 40 in.)

Credit Line

Friends of American Art Collection

Reference Number

1912.1803

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