Diana at the Bath
Like many 1920s figure painters, Lorser Feitelson attempted to interpret the ideal, or perfected, human form in a distinctly modern way. In this mythological subject, he based the exuberantly contoured figures and complex, dance-like composition on the style of sixteenth-century Italian Mannerism and its nineteenth-century French heir, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres. Working in Paris, Feitelson no doubt was aware that Picasso had already moved in this classical direction, creating beautifully outlined figures inspired by classical sculpture and Renaissance painting. Although the painting’s chalky, fresco-like colors also refer to Renaissance art, the figures are lithe, athletic, and unmistakably modern. By the time he presented this painting to the Museum in 1924, Feitelson lived on Prospect Place in Brooklyn.
- Artist: I. Lorser Feitelson, American, 1898-1978
- Medium: Oil on canvas
- Dates: 1922
- Dimensions: 98 1/2 x 69 3/8 in. (250.2 x 176.2 cm) Frame: 104 7/8 x 75 3/4 x 2 3/4 in. (266.4 x 192.4 x 7 cm) (show scale)
- Signature: Signed and dated lower right: "FEITELSON '22"
- Collections:American Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in American Identities: A New Look, Modern Life, 5th Floor
- Accession Number: 24.96
- Credit Line: Gift of the artist
- Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
- Caption: I. Lorser Feitelson (American, 1898-1978). Diana at the Bath, 1922. Oil on canvas, 98 1/2 x 69 3/8 in. (250.2 x 176.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the artist, 24.96
- Record Completeness: Best (87%)