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Image of Yellow Calla Lilies

Anne Goldthwaite (aka Anne Wilson Goldthwaite)
American, 1869–1944

Yellow Calla Lilies

Object Type: Painting
Creation Place: North America, American, Alabama
36 in. x 30 1/4 in. (91.44 cm x 76.84 cm)
Medium and Support: Oil on canvas
Accession Number: 1972.0084

Credit Line: Gift of Richard Goldthwaite

Goldthwaite established her critical reputation in the New York art world with her Southern subjects, painted when she returned to Alabama during the summers. However, she possessed the versatility to master many subjects, and she adapted her style somewhat to suit their individual characteristics. For example, her portraits are executed with rather more precision than her genre scenes or landscapes, most likely in deference to her sitters’ desire for an exact likeness. Her extant paintings make it clear that she approached many subjects—such as nude studies and still life—simply for her own edification or enjoyment. "Yellow Calla Lilies" exemplifies the simple compositions Goldthwaite favored, with an emphasis on the shapes of the flowers and leaves silhouetted against a loosely brushed background.

American Paintings from the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, 2006, cat. no. 47, p. 126.

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