Photo: Courtesy of Hirschl & Adler Galleries, Inc.
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. 21.2.9
Girl with Skates
Oil on canvas
52 1/2 x 30 in. (133.4 x 76.2 cm)
Signed and dated lower left: E. Johnson/1880
Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, Massachusetts, museum purchase with funds from the Henry Alexander Phillips Bequest and, by exchange, the James Philip Gray Collection, with additional funds given from the sale of art by Raymond A. Bidwell, Susan Dwight Bliss, Mrs. Joshua Binion Cahn, City Library Association, Mrs. Solomon R. Guggenheim, Mrs. Frank Ray Howe, the Baron and Baroness W. Langer von Langerdorff, Dr. and Mrs. Nelson Newmark, Amelia Peabody, Andrew B. Rathbone, Otis R. Rice, Mrs. Lewis Tifft, the Joseph Warren Family, and Horace P. Wright (84.07)
Record last updated July 29, 2021. Please note that the information on this and all pages is periodically reviewed and subject to change.
Citation: Hills, Patricia. "Girl with Skates, 1880 (Hills no. 21.2.9)." Eastman Johnson Catalogue Raisonné. https://www.eastmanjohnson.org/catalogue/entry.php?id=305 (accessed on January 27, 2022).