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Patricia Hills, PhD, Founder and Director | Abigael MacGibeny, MA, Project Manager
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Photo: Richard P. Goodbody
25.2 Women Outdoors

Johnson’s wife, Elizabeth, no doubt turned his attention to representations of women alone—either in interiors or outside. Such women are often lost in thought and suggest sentient beings with an inner life. In my interviews with descendants of Johnson’s siblings, she is presented as an independent woman. Johnson painted her portrait in which she assumes the posture of a woman who thinks on her own (also see theme 31.3). —PH

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Hills no. 25.2.3
Catching the Bee
1872
Oil on canvas (masonite covers back of painting)
22 x 13 3/4 in. (55.9 x 34.9 cm)
Signed and dated lower left in brown paint: E. Johnson/1872
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Citation: Hills, Patricia. "Catching the Bee, 1872 (Hills no. 25.2.3)." Eastman Johnson Catalogue Raisonné. https://www.eastmanjohnson.org/catalogue/entry.php?id=344 (accessed on January 27, 2022).