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1923 Romaine Brooks Born: Rome, Italy 1874 Died: Nice, France 1970 oil on canvas 46 1/4 x 26 7/8 (117.5 x 68.3 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the artist 1966.49.1 Not currently on view

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In this painting, Romaine Brooks portrayed herself in the dark colors of a man's outfit, her eyes veiled under the shadow of her hat brim. Brooks lived most of her life in Paris, where she crafted an androgynous appearance that challenged conventional ideas of how women should look and behave. The shadowed face in this portrait suggests that her true self is hidden behind a carefully constructed facade. The tiny flash of red on Brooks's lapel represents the ribbon of the Legion of Honor she received for her artistic achievements, but it might also hint at the secret passions of her personal life.


Dress - accessory - hat

Figure(s) in exterior

Occupation - art - designer

Occupation - art - painter

Occupation - art - printmaker

Portrait female - Brooks, Romaine - self-portrait

Portrait female - Brooks, Romaine - waist length

Portrait female - Brooks, Romaine - waist length


paint - oil

fabric - canvas