Louis Comfort Tiffany (American, 18481933)
Pastel on buff–colored wove paper; 20 1/2 x 30 1/4 in. (52.1 x 76.8 cm)
Partial and Promised Gift of the family of Dorothy Tiffany Burlingham, 2003 (2003.606)
Here Tiffany depicted his second wife, Louise, reading on a chaise in his top-floor studio at the 72nd Street and Madison Avenue house, with clusters of three columns and a grand piano in the background. Tufted upholstery in a deep green with gray-blue and greenish yellow velvet pillows are sumptuously rendered in this delicate pastel, a medium that displays Tiffany's dexterity as an artist.