Image: Circe and Anatol
(Stockbridge, Massachusetts, 1862 - 1929, Clifton Springs, New York)

Circe and Anatol , 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
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.
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