21.2 Girls Outdoors
Johnson’s daughter, Ethel, was born in May 1870, and it is not surprising that Johnson would use her (but not exclusively) as a model for the many pictures of young girls in interiors—playing with dolls, warming their hands by a stove, reading, sleeping. Such pictures often include the same furniture, such as the prie dieu (church prayer bench or kneeler) seen in Family Cares and The Tea Party. Because they were genre paintings, not portraits, Johnson freely renders the facial features. Thus, it is not surprising that for paintings done circa 1873, the bodily types of the girls look like three-year-olds; whereas those done circa 1878, look more like eight-years-olds. —PH
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Hills no. 21.2.1
Girl Picking Flowers
Alternate titles: possibly Girl with Flowers; possibly The Little Flower Girl; possibly The Little Flower-Girl
Oil on artist's board
9 x 6 7/8 in. (22.9 x 17.5 cm)
Signed and dated lower right: E. Johnson .62
Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr., Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
Record last updated July 28, 2021. Please note that the information on this and all pages is periodically reviewed and subject to change.
Citation: Hills, Patricia. "Girl Picking Flowers, 1862 (Hills no. 21.2.1)." Eastman Johnson Catalogue Raisonné. https://www.eastmanjohnson.org/catalogue/entry.php?id=295 (accessed on January 27, 2022).