Study in Black and Green

Artist: John White Alexander (American, Allegheny, Pennsylvania 1856–1915 New York)

Date: by 1906

Culture: American

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 50 x 40 1/8 in. (127 x 101.9 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: George A. Hearn Fund, 1908

Accession Number: 08.139.1

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 768
The idealized, impassive woman, shown as if she were a precious object, was a favorite turn-of-the-century subject and one particularly suited to Alexander’s temperament. Here, a young beauty is absorbed in nothing more consequential than pinning a bauble or blossom to the low neckline of her elegant evening gown. The skirt’s sinuous striped pattern, the curves at the knees and shoulders, and the contour of the upswept hair justify the description of Alexander as “the painter of the flowing line.” His dazzling brushwork is especially notable in the rendering of the rich fabrics and in the otherwise plain background.
Signature: [at lower left]: J.W. Alexander
George A. Hearn, New York, as agent, 1908