Girlhood in American Art

Exhibition Dates: 
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 - Sunday, March 21, 2021
Northwest Bedroom Gallery | View Gallery

In this small exhibition planned for the Northwest Bedroom Gallery, we will examine different constructions of girlhood from the eighteenth to the twentieth century. In Gilbert Stuart’s double portrait of two Irish cousins, the artist emphasized the girls’ fine embroidery as evidence of the refinement and accomplishments that will soon make them eligible marriage partners. Similarly, William Merritt Chase’s In the Studio presents a young girl of sophisticated taste admiring a collection of prints. Later works, by artists such as Mary Cassatt, Robert Henri, and Julian Alden Weir, convey a complex range of emotions, from affection to amusement to annoyance. All of the pieces in the exhibition reflect the cultural and social environments the girls inhabited.