Comparing Paintings of 19th-Century Women

These two paintings made in the 19th century depict women in very different ways. Compare the formal, posed portrait of the marquise with the painting of women in the middle of working. What do you think the poses and facial expressions of each of the women reveal about them?

audio Curator Mary Morton explains how this painting exemplifies what the artist excelled at—paintings of fashionable women.

audio Curator Charlotte Eyerman describes how the artist uses color to help tell a story about hard labor and how an X-ray of the painting led to an interesting discovery.