Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney

Robert Henri (American, 1865-1929) – Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, 1916 (Oil on canvas. Whitney Museum of American Art) – Mrs. Whitney’s husband, Harry Payne Whitney, refused to allow her to hang it in their house. He didn’t want his friends to see a picture of his wife, as he put it, “in pants.” Mrs. Whitney’s attire and self-possessed demeanor were highly unusual for a well-bred woman of her day. In this painting, Henri transformed the traditional genre of a recumbent female into a portrait of the quintessential “modern” woman…

Robert Henri - Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney

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