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

Date: 1895

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 52 1/4 x 63 5/8 in. (132.7 x 161.6 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Anonymous Gift, 1980

Accession Number: 1980.224


Alexander, who lived in Paris during the 1890s, achieved international success with his studies of female figures gracefully posed in elegant interiors. In this example, the provocative facial expression and supple curves reflect the contemporary French taste for sensual images of women as well as the undulating linear rhythms of Art Nouveau. With its model decoratively attired in a sweep of white fabric, "Repose" was lampooned in a French magazine as a portrayal of Loïe Fuller (1862–1928), the American dancer famous for manipulating swirling folds of silk in her performances at the Folies Bergère in Paris.