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The Brown Gloves

Raphael Gleitsmann

(Dayton, Ohio, 1910 - 1995, Akron, Ohio)

c. 1932

Oil on fiberboard

26 in. x 22 in. (66.04 cm x 55.88 cm)

Gift of Mrs. Louise Faysash

1996.14

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Raphael Gleitsmann, who lived in Akron from the age of six, never received formal artistic training. The self-taught artist preferred to paint landscapes and city scenes, and generally did not enjoy painting portraits, making 'The Brown Gloves' an unusual example of his work. The subject of the painting—fashionable in her hat, gloves and makeup—appears lost in thought, looking away from the viewer. The slight melancholy of the scene is typical of Gleitsmann’s style, and reflects the major influence of Edward Hopper, whose painted scenes of American life express the isolation of modern living.

Marks

Signed in oil, lower left

Keywords
Akron
Cigarette
Female
Gloves
Hat
Necklace
Ohio
Ohio Art
Painting
Regional