Portrait of Eulabee Dix ca. 1910
About This Work
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.