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Portrait of Eulabee Dix

Close up of Portrait of Eulabee Dix

Photographic portrait of a light-skinned adult woman seated and gazing directly at the viewer. She is elegantly dressed in dark clothes and a tall, elaborate bonnet. Rich tonalities pick out the sheen of the fur muff, plush of the velvet coat, and delicate mesh of the veil.

Gertrude Käsebier, Portrait of Eulabee Dix, ca. 1910; Gelatin silver print, 7 7/8 x 6 in.; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Gift of Joan B. Gaines; Photo by Lee Stalsworth

Portrait of Eulabee Dix
Gertrude Käsebier

In this photographic portrait by Gertrude Käsebier, miniaturist Eulabee Dix appears as an elegant, well-to-do lady rather than as a working artist.

The rich tonalities of Käsebier’s portrait pick out the sheen of the fur muff, plush of the velvet coat, and gossamer mesh of the veil. Such finery certainly alludes to Dix’s success. As in Me, her self-portrait rendered about a decade earlier, Dix gazes out directly at the viewer, assured and confident.

By the time she posed for Käsebier, Dix had established herself as a leading artist in the minature revival. Indeed, Dix counted Käsebier among the illustrious sitters who sought her skilled watercolor-on-ivory portraits.

Artwork Details

  • Artist

    Gertrude Käsebier
  • Title

    Portrait of Eulabee Dix
  • Date

    ca. 1910
  • Medium

    Gelatin silver print
  • Dimensions

    7 7/8 x 6 in.
  • Donor Credit

    Gift of Joan B. Gaines
  • Photo Credit

    Lee Stalsworth
  • On Display