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Circe and Anatol

Robert Reid

(Stockbridge, Massachusetts, 1862 - 1929, Clifton Springs, New York)

c. 1920-1926

Oil on canvas

30 1/2 in. x 24 in. (77.47 cm x 60.96 cm)

Gift of the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, from the Henry Ward Ranger Fund of the National Academy of Design

1939.1

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Reid specialized in images of modishly dressed or slinky nude figures surrounded by decorative objects. The Japanese screen in the background, one of the artist’s most prized possessions, appears in many of his paintings. This work is part of a series inspired by an 1893 play by Austrian author Arthur Schnitzler about the marital indiscretions of Anatol, a wealthy gentleman. He is presented here as a harlequin (a buffoonish figure) serenading Circe, the ultimate femme fatale.

Marks

signed in oil LR

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