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Diana at the Bath

I. Lorser Feitelson

American Art

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 elongated figures and virtuoso compositions of sixteenth-century Italian Mannerism and its nineteenth-century French heir, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres. Working in Paris, Feitelson no doubt was aware that Pablo Picasso had already moved in this direction, creating beautifully outlined figures inspired by classical sculpture and Renaissance painting. Although this work’s chalky, fresco-like colors also refer to Renaissance art, the figures are lithe, athletic, and unmistakably modern.
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"
CREDIT LINE Gift of the artist
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
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. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 24.96_PS2.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 24.96_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2009
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