Image: Miss Molly Duveneck
(Covington, Kentucky, 1848 - 1919, Cincinnati)

Miss Molly Duveneck , c. 1888 - 1890

Oil on fabric
17 in. x 12 1/8 in. (43.18 cm x 30.8 cm)
Bequest of Edwin C. Shaw
with painted, gilt wood frame
installation 2013, McDowell
Duveneck’s younger sister Molly, a free-spirited woman, caused a scandal by having an affair with an older married man in conservative 1890s Cincinnati.  Duveneck’s refined brushwork, evident in Molly’s silky hair, translucent skin and delicate lace and chiffon collars, is balanced by the young woman’s open expression and direct gaze.
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