This small, rapidly painted study includes few precise details, yet the painting’s dramatic mood hints at the possibility of a narrative. The young woman, her face in shadow, is dressed in white and wears a cross around her neck. Her expression and her clasped hands suggest a moment of intense emotion and perhaps anxious prayer.
|Medium||Oil on laminate cardboard|
|Dimensions||12 3/4 x 9 5/8 in. (32.4 x 24.5 cm)|
|Acquisition||Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark, 1926|
Alfred Stevens, Woman in White, c. 1872, Oil on laminate cardboard. The Clark Art Institute, 1955.1028.
Lees, Sarah, ed. Nineteenth-Century European Paintings at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Williamstown, MA: Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute; New Haven and London: distributed by Yale University Press, 2012.
Ichabod T. Williams, New York (d. 1899, his sale, American Art Association Galleries, New York, 3–4 Feb. 1915, no. 12); [Knoedler, New York, sold to Clark, 30 Apr. 1926]; Robert Sterling Clark (1926–55); Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, 1955.