Portrait of Eulabee Dix ca. 1910

Photographic portrait of the miniaturist Eulabee Dix. Rich tonalities pick out the sheen of the fur muff, plush of the velvet coat, and gossamer mesh of the veil.

Gertrude Käsebier, Portrait of Eulabee Dix, ca. 1910; Gift of Joan B. Gaines

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. 

National Museum of Women in the Arts