Portrait of a Child
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.
- Artist: Eastman Johnson, American, 1824-1906
- Medium: Oil on canvas
- Dates: 1879
- Dimensions: 50 15/16 x 32 in. (129.4 x 81.3 cm) (show scale)
- Signature: Signed lower left: "E. Johnson 1879"
- Collections:American Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in American Identities: A New Look, Everyday Life/A Nation Divided, 5th Floor
- Accession Number: 1992.108
- Credit Line: Gift of the Charles M. Kurtz Trust
- Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
- 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
- Record Completeness: Best (83%)