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"Siamese Twins" by Agnes Tait (USA), oil on Masonite, circa 1930s

Documentation Signed
Origin United States
Period 1920-1949
Materials Oil on panel.
Dimensions
W. 24.25 in; H. 26.25 in;
W. 61.6 cm; H. 66.68 cm;
Creation Date 1930's
Description The artist behind this striking and original Art Deco portrait -- Agnes Tait -- is clearly emphasizing the parallels between a female figure and her Siamese cat, both shown with heavily-shadowed blue eyes and short, dark hair, the feline crouching familiarly on the shoulder of her companion. Because Tait painted a series of portraits for Florenz Ziegfeld of the young women who performed in the Ziegfeld Follies in 1932, it's possible that the figure here was one of her subjects. The woman is wearing an elegant black gown that bares her upper chest, and the background is a lovely shade of reddish purple. Tait was a native New Yorker, studying in her youth at the National Academy of Design under Leon Kroll and others, before becoming a WPA painter in the 1930s. She painted a series of tropical scenes for the United Fruit Company in the 1930s, and in 1941, after marrying William McNulty, moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico and lived there for many years. This painting is oil on Masonite, and retains its original frame.
Styles / Movements Other
Incollect Reference Number 484091
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