Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney (American, New York 1875–1942 New York)
16 1/4 x 12 1/2 x 11 1/4 in. (41.3 x 31.8 x 28.6 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1916
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 772
This realistic likeness is a portrait of Adolphe Ramon, Whitney’s studio assistant in Paris. The strong chin and downcast eyes suggest the sculptor’s skill in projecting the character of her subject. The contrasting surface textures—from the smooth cheeks to the patterned scarf around Ramon’s head—create dramatic effects of light and shadow and give the work an enhanced tactile quality.
Signature: [back]: G. Whitney / 1911
Marking: [foundry mark, back, in seal]: CIRE / C. VALSUANI / PERDUE