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Portrait of My Mother


Adeline Albright Wigand's "Portrait of My Mother" shares subject matter with Cayce Zavaglia's "Mum." Apart from the obvious differences in technique, Wigand's figure (Mary Albright) is detached in her reverie, a common trops of late ninteenth century portraiture. The image is rendered in close, nearly monochromatic harmonies, which points to the influence of  Whistler, whose tonalist approach was still very pervasive in early twentieth century America.

Adeline Wigand was born in Madison, New Jersey, raised in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and lived most of her life on Staten Island. She studied with Chase and in Paris at the Academie Julian under Robert-Fleury and Bouguereau. She was one of the first Presidents of the National association of Women Painters and Sculptors. Wigand was also a memeber of the New York Woman's Art Club.  

Artist: Adeline Albright Wigand (1855 - 1944)

Title: Portrait of My Mother

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dates: c. 1890

Dimensions: 37.5 in. x 37.5 in.

Signature/Inscription: A.A. Wigand; Front - Upper right

Culture: American

Accession Number: A1954.43.1

Credit: Gift of Mrs. James A. Vaughan

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