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Portrait of a Child

Eastman Johnson

American Art

Although Eastman Johnson regularly depicted his daughter, Ethel, at play, this portrait’s relatively large scale and loose application of paint was a departure from earlier work. By the late 1870s, Johnson was a well-established painter and deliberately altered his style to keep pace with a new generation of Munich-trained Realist painters known for their bravura brushwork, including William Merritt Chase.
MEDIUM Oil on canvas
DATES 1879
DIMENSIONS 50 15/16 x 32 in. (129.4 x 81.3 cm) frame: 64 1/2 x 46 x 5 1/2 in. (163.8 x 116.8 x 14 cm)  (show scale)
SIGNATURE Signed lower left: "E. Johnson 1879"
COLLECTIONS American Art
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 1992.108
CREDIT LINE Gift of the Charles M. Kurtz Trust
RIGHTS STATEMENT No known copyright restrictions
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CAPTION Eastman Johnson (American, 1824-1906). Portrait of a Child, 1879. Oil on canvas, 50 15/16 x 32 in. (129.4 x 81.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Charles M. Kurtz Trust, 1992.108
IMAGE overall, 1992.108_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2009
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