Diana at the Bath
The updated classicism visible in this balletic composition of contoured figures led New York critics to praise Lorser Feitelson’s “sophisticated modernism.” Working in Paris, Feitelson took his cue from recent work by Pablo Picasso and Andre Dérain, and set aside abstraction in favor of a classicizing figure style. Like Thomas Hart Benton, Feitelson was drawn to the expressively exaggerated figures of sixteenth-century Italian Mannerism and its nineteenth-century French heir, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, and to chalky fresco-like tonalities. Feitelson’s figures were, nevertheless, lithe, athletic, and unmistakably modern.
- 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%)