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Richard E. Miller

The Green Cage

(St. Louis, 1875 - 1943)

c. 1910-1914

Oil canvas

Collection of the Akron Art Museum

Gift of Mr. S. G. Carkhuff

1954.39

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A leading figure in a colony of American Impressionists who settled in the Normandy village where Impressionist painter Claude Monet established his studio, Richard E. Miller spent more than 20 years in France. 'The Green Cage' is typical of Miller’s style and subject matter. The artist’s aesthetic featured rich color, broken brushstrokes, enhanced contrast, diagonal compositions and intense surface patterning. He commonly painted young women relaxing in domestic settings, such as porches, gardens or boudoirs. Miller believed art’s true purpose was decorative, rather than narrative, with the goal of “conveying a pleasant optical sensation.”

Keywords
Female
Leisure
Dress
American
American
Window
Birds
Painting