Louise Tiffany, Reading

Artist: Louis Comfort Tiffany (American, New York 1848–1933 New York)

Date: 1888

Medium: Pastel on buff colored wove paper

Dimensions: 20 1/2 x 30 1/4 in. (52.1 x 76.8 cm)

Classification: Drawings

Credit Line: Gift of the family of Dorothy Tiffany Burlingham, 2003

Accession Number: 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.