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Peter (A Young English Girl)

Romaine Brooks, 1923 – 1924
Peter (A Young English Girl), Romaine Brooks
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91.9 cmPeter (A Young English Girl) scale comparison62.3 cm
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Peter (A Young English Girl) is a Symbolist Oil on Canvas Painting created by Romaine Brooks from 1923 to 1924. It lives at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in the United States. The image is in the Public Domain, and tagged Portraits and Androgyny. SourceDownload

In the early 1920s androgynous fashion was in vogue among upper and middle class women. Women like Romaine Brooks, and the subject of this portrait, fellow artist Hannah Gluckstein embraced this move toward broader fashion as well as questioning gender roles. Gluckstein described her new style saying: “I am flourishing in a new garb. Intensely exciting. Everybody likes it ... I hope you will like it because I intend to wear that sort of thing always.”

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