Lady in Yellow
Thomas Wilmer Dewing, 1888
I absolutely love this painting... Not least of all because it looks like how I imagine Belle from Beauty and the Beast would look if she wasn't animated. Her expression is so thoughtful and serene, and I love when portrait subjects have a more relaxed posture. The 1880s through the early 1900s is probably my favorite period in American art. This lovely painting is in one of my very favorite museums, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, where my grandmother, my mother, my brother and I went every summer while I was growing up.